Myofascial Pain & Trigger Points
In healthy conditions, the fascia is a relaxed and wavy muscle covering that has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. Physical trauma, scarring, stress, repetitive micro trauma, poor posture or inflammation cause the fascia to lose its pliability and this causes restriction and tension to the rest of the body.
Myofascial pain can have two sources. Pain can be generated from the skeletal muscle or connective tissues that are ‘bound down’ by tight fascia. In addition, pain can also be generated from damaged myofascial tissue itself, sometimes at a ‘trigger point’ where a contraction of muscle fibers has occurred. In either case, the restriction or contraction inhibits blood flow to the affected structures, thus accentuating the contraction process further unless the area is treated.
Myofascial pain and trigger points can be very painful, stressful, and fatiguing conditions. The chronic tightness and ache from these conditions can actually cause pain in other areas to occur over time. It can affect how you work, your attitude with loved ones, and even limit exercise and recreational activities.
How can Chiropractic help?
Through chiropractic adjustments the spine and/or extremities of the affected area can be realigned into proper position. Once in proper alignment, often patients notice a decrease in tension and pain from only their adjustments. More moderate or severe cases of this condition may require the use of soft-tissue massage techniques to loosen up the muscle and connective tissue in the injured area. We also, have great success through our cupping method which you can read more about on our site.