Myofascial Pain Relief Tips

By Oklahoma Pain Management

Although many of us live with minor aches and pains in our day-to-day lives, myofascial pain sufferers experience a pain far worse. Myofascical pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder with pain that progressively persists and worsens over time.

Pain relief tips

Common symptoms of myofascial pain sufferers include deep, aching muscle pain; worsening pain; tender knots in a muscle; and difficulty sleeping. Because of those pain points, those with myofascial pain are constantly looking for relief in the form of activities, heat, lifestyle changes, and trigger point injections.

Activities

Physical activity is a great way to alleviate myofascial pain. Here are a few of the options:

– Water exercises are great for chronic pain sufferers because of the low impact and mild resistance.

-Stretching, including yoga, helps to strengthen exhausted muscle groups. When a patient feels pain in one muscle, it’s not always that muscle that’s the root of the problem. Strengthening the muscle groups causing the problem will alleviate the pain in the affected area.

– Practicing proper posture can help alleviate pain. Create an ergonomic work station to prevent future pain, particularly in the neck.

– Foam roller exercises are easy and effective for patients by loosening stiffness and stretching muscle groups.

Heat

Using heat packs or soaks for trigger point pains can increase a patient’s relaxation and reduce the tenseness in their muscles. Don’t overdo the heat applications, and let the affected area return to normal temperature and color before applying heat again.

Lifestyle changes

– Because myofascial pain syndrome is tied to repetitious movements, take notes of motions or movements that increase pain in the trigger points and avoid or limit those motions or movements.

– Whether you enjoy reading on your patio or getting a massage, take time to decompress and go to your “happy place” to increase relaxation and decrease stress levels.

– It’s important to have a proper night’s rest, but because myofascial pain causes sufferers difficulty sleeping, this can be a daunting task. A few things patients can do are to choose the proper pillow, mattress, and utilize proper sleep postures.

-We all know that our diet plays a key role in our health, but it’s easy to overlook. Stay away from inflammatory foods, such as sugar; dairy; alcohol; refined carbohydrates or grains; factory-farmed meat and poultry; and trans fats, processed vegetable oils, damaged fats. It’s best to consume anti-inflammatory foods to keep you and your body feeling good and to reduce unnecessary pain.

Trigger point injections

A common pain relief treatment is trigger point injections into the muscles causing patient pain. These have been known to alleviate pain from a few days to many months.

Myofascial pain syndrome doesn’t have to consume a patient’s life. By learning more about the syndrome and what pain relief options are available, patients can be on the road to a life with less pain.

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3 Responses to “Myofascial Pain Relief Tips”

  1. Ann Richardson says:

    I’ve suffered from chronic myofacial pain,& fibromyalgia for 46 yrs, since i was 10 yrs old. I’m bedridden, can barely walk, and am at the end of my rope. I am scared to death to commit suicide but I think about it all the time. The only way to stop this pain is permanently. I also have a shattered right shoulder, broken 16 yrs ago, and they won’t do the reverse shldr replacement i need for another 10 yrs. No pain clinic will take me because i have no MRI to “prove” I’m in pain. As you know, fibromyalgia does not show up on MRIs. I was on morphine for 18 yrs, agreed to go off it and try Lyrica (which does nothing) for one year. Since then 3 yrs have passed and they won’t put me back on it due to the extreme laws enacted recently to stop the use of opiates. This is devastating for those who really need good pain relief and don’t abuse their drugs like the drug addicts who have caused this mess. I’ve used Salonpas on my hands for years for inflammation and arthritis. They help IMMENSELY!! I’ve used the gel on my legs, arms, all over my body, and sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn’t. But you can’t put patches all over your entire body!! And who could afford that. I’m very poor and can only buy one tube of gel to last 2 mos.! It doesn’t, because my whole body hurts. I’m desperate, and would go back on the morphine in a heartbeat just to have some kind of QUALITY of life and not lie in my bed all day and cry from extreme pain as I’m doing now. Your product is great but i can’t afford it, and its not practical for use over the entire body. I feel every day that I’m near the end, this will kill me, one way or the other.

  2. Mark David says:

    This is great solutions for pain relief. Physical treatment is always good to get relief.

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