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PT and Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Finding Effective Treatment for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

One of the lesser-known disorders that causes debilitating discomfort and fatigue is myofascial pain syndrome, or MPS. It is somewhat similar to fibromyalgia, as the patient feels pain at trigger points and in muscles at various places in the body. The term myofascial refers to the connective tissue covering the muscles, which is medically known as fascia.

working out knots in upper backAbout Trigger Points

Trigger points are exceptionally sensitive areas of the muscles that may feel achy in general and especially uncomfortable when someone presses directly on them. People commonly refer to them as knots.

A person with MPS also experiences muscle discomfort in other areas that seem unrelated to the trigger points. Doctors call this referred pain.

Patients with this disorder may experience sudden muscle spasms at times with even more intense discomfort.

Diagnosing MPS

The condition is referred to as a syndrome because it is diagnosed through a group of symptoms associated with MPS. As of yet, there is no definitive diagnostic procedure like a blood test or imaging technique that can verify a patient has the disorder.

Treatment for MPS

A doctor may treat the knots with injections of a local anesthetic, or a combination of an anesthetic and a corticosteroid. This allows the muscle to relax.

Physical therapy can be very effective for these patients, and massage therapy is recommended as well.

Medication for Related Issues

Certain factors that aggravate MPS symptoms create a vicious cycle. Lack of sleep, for instance, can worsen symptoms, while chronic pain can easily disrupt sleep. Stress and depression make the patient feel worse physically, while the condition itself causes stress and emotional strain.

The doctor may prescribe pain relief medication or muscle relaxants that have sedating effects. The patient takes these before bedtime. Antidepressant medication may be helpful as well, as many of these drugs also are pain relievers. The patient then benefits both from mood improvement and reduced physical discomfort.

Seeking Help From a Physical Therapist

Patients dealing with these debilitating symptoms are strongly encouraged to seek treatment at an integrated health center or a pain management clinic. Receiving a combination of conventional and complementary therapies tends to have the best results.  At Rehab Guru Physical Therapy, we offer several modalities of treatment for your myofascial pain.  Please text or call us at 402-740-8400 or schedule an appointment online and together we will create a treatment plan that is right for you.

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Cupping for Musculoskeletal Injuries

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. It has become a very popular treatment to relief muscle pain and muscle tightness.  The advantage of cupping over regular massage is that you get a nice stretch on the fascia which is the taut covering over the muscles. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

Cupping is a wonderful option to improve fascial mobility and decrease muscle pain. 

Rehab Guru Physical Therapy offers cupping.  Cupping does not hurt, in fact it helps loosen up the soft tissue and loosen the muscles, it increases the blood flow through tight muscles and works great with improving tissue mobiility.  For more info visit our cupping therapy page and also we'd love it if you connect with us on Facebook.
 
 

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Temporomandubular Joint Pain – Also known as TMJ

What is “TMJ” ?
The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint is injured or damaged, it can lead to a disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.

What Causes TMJ? 
Causes of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome include injury to the teeth or jaw, misalignment of the teeth or jaw, teeth grinding, poor posture, stress, arthritis, and gum chewing. However, there are several factors that contribute to overall facial pain, this can include neck pain, sitting posture, jaw alignment, daily habits and total body posture.

How Can I Treat this condition? 
Our philosophy for all treatment is to look at all possible causes and create a comprehensive plan for relief. We incorporate hands on techniques,  home stretching and patient education to treat those with facial pain.

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