Myofascial Pain Syndrome FAQ

Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is a neuromuscular condition characterized by trigger points in muscles that can give pain at that specific site or "refer" pain into a certain pattern elsewhere in the body.


Q: What causes Myofascial Pain Syndrome?

A: Myofascial pain occurs in the fascial lining of a muscle. The affected muscle is involuntarily held in a sustained state of contraction. The area that remains under tension feels as though it is working. It becomes starved for food and oxygen and loaded with toxic waste. A "trigger point" develops, which starts the pain cycle.


Q: How is MPS treated?

A: Physical therapy treatment of MPS begins with "deactivation" of diagnosed trigger points by manual techniques. It may also include strengthening and stretching exercises, aquatic exercise, postural correction and therapeutic modalities.

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