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.