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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.

Last Updated: 08-20-2015
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