Myofascial Pain Syndrome is a condition that can completely change your life. Whilst there isn’t a cure for it, there are a number of options available for pain relief.
The thing to bear in mind here is that there is not one option for pain relief. What may work for one person may not necessarily work for somebody else.
Let’s take a little look at some of the most common forms of treatment available:
The main treatment for Myofascial Pain Syndrome are pain relievers. Anything that can help to reduce the inflammation may assist with pain management.
I suggest that everybody suffering from Myofascial Pain Syndrome should keep Ibuprofen in their medicine cupboard at the very minimum.
However if you find that this over counter medication doesn’t work then you can ask for your doctor for stronger pain relief.
In some cases they may be able to supply you with antidepressants, which have been shown to help sufferers. The best one of these is Amitriptyline that can also aid in improving sleep.
Finally you can opt for sedatives such as Clonazepam that can help to relax your muscles, which of course is going to lead to pain relief.
Doctors may be a little reluctant to supply these at first as you can become addicted to them rather quickly, so it is normally going to be a ‘last resort‘ sort of situation.
Some doctors will also be able to inject a steroid or numbing medication directly into the trigger pain. This helps to relieve muscle tension considerably and provides almost instant pain relief.
In some cases, simply inserting a needle into the pressure point is enough to quell the pain. Therefore in some cases you may find that acupuncture will also work.
In addition to medication there are a number of therapies that will be able to aid in pain relief.
When you are first diagnosed you will probably be put in touch with a physical therapist who will be able to help you out. Often they will run you through simple stretching exercises that will help to relieve the pain over a longer period of time.
In some cases you may feel extreme pain during these stretching exercises, but don’t worry, your physical therapist will have numbing cream on hand to help relieve the pain somewhat.
Your physical therapist may also use massage techniques to help quell the pain a little bit in the various pressure points. They will use long strokes to loosen up the muscles and to provide you with substantial muscle relief.
Finally, the last treatment offered by medical professionals, albeit not too often is ultrasound. This sends sound waves into the body that helps to provide warmth for the affected muscle and helps to boost circulation. This has the potential to heal the muscles quite quickly.
Other methods to reduce pain
There are also plenty of treatments that you can undertake in the comfort of your home. This includes placing a hot pack on the affected muscle during the bigger ‘flare ups‘.
In addition to this, regular exercise can also lead to you being able to cope with the pain much better. Your physical therapist will be able to recommend exercises that can help you out.
Finally start to incorporate healthier food into your diet and try to get plenty of rest. Basically, take care of your body and you will feel much better as a result.