Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is pain and inflammation in the musculoskeletal system (referred to by most people as “Muscle Pain”). Muscle pain affects everyone at one point or another in their lifetime, however, most often choose to ignore it. However, without proper treatment, MPS becomes a persistent, chronic pain disorder that can disrupt your everyday life.
Myofascial pain syndrome is an underdiagnosed and overlooked condition. It might be mistaken for a problem with your nerves, bones, ligaments or tendons — but it’s not. It’s a problem involving your muscles. There are no tests — no imaging tests, laboratory tests, blood tests, electromyography, or muscle biopsy — that can diagnose myofascial pain syndrome. In addition, there are no visible signs, such as redness, swelling or unusual muscle warmth. In short, myofascial pain syndrome is pain and inflammation of the body’s soft tissues.
The best method your healthcare provider, or the professionals at BPC, can offer to detect this syndrome is to physically examine your muscles — to feel for the taut bands of muscles and then find the exact spots of tenderness. Finding and applying pressure to a trigger point will result in minor pain, felt at the immediate spot or in an area a short distance away (referred pain). Using this technique allows for diagnosis with a minimum amount of discomfort.
BPC’s 4 step process was established by our team of expert physiotherapists to best guide you through a successful recovery while empowering patients to take charge of their health through our personalized exercise program.
The first step in recovering is to take away instant pain. We will use our state of the art machines including ultra sound, laser and shockwave machines to take away your discomfort and pain that your muscles are experiencing. This will then allow your body the ability to relax, to be able to get back to its full function.
Using manual therapy, our therapists will use their ‘hands on’ clinical massage to loosen and improve the mobility of the joints, soft tissues and nerves. This will unbind your tense muscles and eventually provide the mobility leading to increased range of motion.
Once your muscles are loosened, our therapists will work on increasing your range of motion which will allow the no longer painful joint or muscle to extend closer to its full range. Doing this with our therapists involves moving in the correct direction, speed and technique to prevent any further complications. While you get stronger, it will lead to our recovery phase of exercising.
To complete the process, we will work on the correct form technique, and exercises with you to make sure that your pains and complications do not return, so that you can live a healthier and happier life, physically and mentally, spending more time with your loved ones.
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