Myofascial Pain Syndrome

According to the mayo clinic 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.

Myofascial pain syndrome typically occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively. 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 pain, the discomfort associated with myofascial pain syndrome persists or worsens.

Signs and symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome may include:

Deep, aching pain in a muscle

Pain that persists or worsens

A tender knot in a muscle

Difficulty sleeping due to pain

There is debate about whether fibromyalgia falls into this same category. Some experts say that Myofascial Pain Syndrome has trigger points that cause referred pain where as in Fibromyalgia the trigger points do not refer pain. From a therapists perspective the treatment is often similar for both syndromes.



According to the mayo clinic The temporomandibular (tem-puh-roe-mun-DIB-u-lur) joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

The exact cause of a person’s TMJ disorder is often difficult to determine. Your pain may be due to a combination of problems, such as arthritis or jaw injury. Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth, but many people habitually clench their teeth and never develop TMJ disorders.

As well as TMJ disorders many suffer from chronic headaches which can have a variety of reasons why they are occurring. These headaches can be related to TMJ or can occur independently of it. Pt’s will receive care to alleviate the pain and become educated on how to prevent the reoccurance.

Our team of expert therapists will provide patient’s with the appropriate treatments to alleviate the pain associated with the problems listed above and allow the patient to return to previous function. Some of these treatments may include: Ultrasound/Estim, manual techniques to include myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, joint mobilization, deep and soft tissue massage, trigger point release, neuromuscular reeducation, stretching and strengthening.