Myofascial pain

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In myofascial pain syndrome, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is called referred pain. It typically occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively (over-worked). This can be caused by repetitive motions used in jobs or hobbies or by stress-related muscle tension. While nearly everyone has experienced muscle tension, the discomfort associated with myofascial pain syndrome persists or worsens. Treatment options for myofascial pain syndrome include physiotherapy and dry needling. Pain medications and relaxation techniques also can help.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Deep, aching pain in a muscle
  • Muscle tightness/stiffness
  • Pain that persists or worsens
  • A tender knot in a muscle
  • Difficulty sleeping due to pain

Treatment of myofascial pain:

Firstly, you will need to be properly assessed by a fully qualified chartered physiotherapist to ensure that the pain which you are experiencing is muscle pain/myofascial pain.

Once you are given a diagnosis then you can be treated. A combination of the following are as follows:

  • Soft/deep tissue release
  • Myofasical soft tissue release
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Contract/relax stretching and PNF stretching techniques
  • Laser

Myofascial pain in seen in almost every injury. Our physiotherapists will use a combination approach to treating your myofascial pain so that you get the best possible results from your treatment. Our treatments are evidence-based and therefor proven to work. You will notice immediate improvement in your flexibility and movement with dry needling. Pain levels can drop anywhere between 1-3 days post dry needling. Heat and gentle prescribed stretching will help speed up recover and the affects of the treatment. If you wish to book an appointment to assess if dry needling will help you, call 014913228 or you can book online with one of our physiotherapy team.

A woman relaxing while having an orthopaedic massage
A man having his rotator cuff muscles treated
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A woman having painful knots released with Dry Needling