Musculoskeletal system is the largest organ system by weight in the human body comprising of more than 400 skeletal muscle. Each skeletal muscle comprises of bundle of fasicles and each fascicle is composed of about 100 muscle fibres. A muscle fibre consist of 1000-2000 myofibrils.
What is myofascial pain syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome is characterized by muscle pain, tenderness, and spasm. Myofascial pain syndrome usually involves muscle in body areas that are asymmetric or focal, whereas fibromyalgia is typically a diffuse and symmetric muscle pain syndrome that involves both sides of the body.
Myofascial pain symptoms usually involve muscle pain with specific "trigger" or "tender" points. The pain can be made worse with activity or stress. In addition to the local or regional pain associated with myofascial pain syndrome, people with the disorder also can suffer from depression, fatigue and behavioral disturbances.
An active trigger point is an area of extreme tenderness that usually lies within the skeletal muscle and which is associated with a local or regional pain. A secondary trigger point is a highly irritable spot in a muscle that can become active due to a trigger point and muscular overload in another muscle.Additionally, a satellite myofascial point is a highly irritable spot in a muscle that becomes inactive because the muscle is in the region of another trigger pain.
Myofascial pain may develop from a muscle injury or from excessive strain on a particular muscle or muscle group, ligament or tendon. Other causes include:
- Injury to intervertebral disc
- General fatigue
- Repetitive motions
- Medical conditions (including heart attack, stomach irritation)
- Lack of activity (such as a broken arm in a sling)
Treatment in Augusta GA
Trigger points are certainly painful for a patient suffering with Myofascial pain , but the symptoms are certainly treatable with specialized techniques at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic. As one of the few Chiropractors in Augusta GA that are able to provide treatments tailored for trigger points, you are welcome to schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if your Myofascial Pain Syndrome would be a candidate for their customized treatments.