Myofascial Pain SyndromeMyofascial Treatment in Wasilla, Alaska
Northern Edge Physical Therapy is the right choice for your muscle pain physical therapy in Wasilla. We are the only physical therapy practice in the state of Alaska that offers clients excellence in physical therapy with specialized programs such as; Dry Needling, Redcord, AlterG Anti-gravity Treadmill, Low-level Laser Therapy, and Massage Therapy.
Muscles guide and steer movement. Muscle strength and tone is not only important for sculpted figures but also for prevention of injury. Muscles can suffer tears and tendon injuries especially when weakness or repetitive stress is involved. Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic condition that affects the muscle and fascia (connective tissue that covers the muscles). Typically, syndrome indicates that the condition is multi-factorial, indiscriminate, and unpredictable.
Multifactorial – more than one structure is injured or impaired which means that symptoms are poorly patterned and injured structures are difficult to isolate.
Indiscriminate – not everyone with muscle injury or pain develops myofascial pain syndrome.
Unpredictable – myofascial pain can include local and referred pain due to ‘trigger points’ and pain related changes that impact every aspect of life.
The challenge with myofascial pain is pinpointing which structures are injured and determining the most promising treatments. Lack of specific diagnosis and treatment may be the reason some muscle problems tend to become chronic. Northern Edge Physical Therapy understands the challenges faced by those suffering from myofascial pain. Our examination is designed to be specific allowing us to identify structures which are either causing pain or delaying healing. Our treatment for muscle pain physical therapy in Wasilla is directed towards the pain and the barriers to healing. We offer specialized programs to help achieve pain-relief and enhance performance.
Why do I HURT?
- Here is what happens: Muscle pain usually occurs when there’s an injury that causes direct damage to tissue, such as a tear or strain. Muscles have a strong potential to heal due to their nutrition (blood supply) and freedom of movement. However, if either of these are restricted then healing can be delayed or prevented. For instance, tissue nutrition can be limited due to the presence of stress (physical or emotional), smoking, disease (diabetes) and inactivity. Freedom of movement can be impaired due to anxiety and fear of re-injury. Unfortunately, if muscle pain fails to resolve it often becomes chronic.
- Until you get better: Movement is the fuel of all life and promotes healing. Some movement is better than none especially in the case of muscle pain. Healing is often delayed in situations where anxiety and fear of re-injury prevents movement.
- Repeat injury: Inflammation prevents nutrients from reaching injured tissues. Some inflammation is natural during the healing process but it can become excessive and persistent due to inactivity, stress, repeated trauma and lack of treatment. Other weakened or deconditioned areas not affected by the original injury can become painful and limited due to persistent inflammation and lack of movement.
- Trigger pain reflex: Pain triggers a reflexive change in movement patterns. Movement becomes unnatural and leads to imbalanced posture, uncontrolled motion and excessive guarding. Pain can easily become a training aide that reshapes movement patterns and alters muscle activation in efforts to protect and shield tissues/joints from further injury. However, just like inflammation this pain driven reflex can become excessive and persistent.