Spinal Muscles in Pain?
Rowena Croft - Massage Professional
Myofascial Pain Syndrome May Be to Blame
You might not know what Myofascial Pain Syndrome is, but you’ve likely experienced it. “Myo” means “muscle” and “Fascia” refers to the bands of tissue that cover and connect the various muscles or organs. If you’ve ever felt tightness, twitching trigger points, or a painful “knot” in your neck or back, Myofascial Pain Syndrome may be the cause.
People often refer to trigger points as “knots,” as they feel tight and bundled to the touch compared to the suppler surrounding muscle. As the muscle becomes tight, it can cut off its own blood supply, which can trigger muscle tenderness, pain, and further spasm or tightness in the muscle.
Trigger points can form in muscles all over your body—including those in your neck, mid-back, and low back.
One of the common characteristics of trigger points is that they cause referred pain, or pain that travels or spreads to a nearby location (eg, a trigger point near a shoulder may send pain across your upper back). They may also twitch when prodded.
Almost everyone has trigger points, but not every trigger point causes symptoms. Latent trigger points may reduce your range of motion but will only cause pain when directly palpated or compressed, whereas active trigger points can be painful at any time—even when you’re resting. Lifestyle factors, such as stress and poor posture, can cause a latent trigger point to turn active.
Spinal injury or trauma may result in Myofascial Pain Syndrome, but lifestyle factors often play a big role. Holding a poor posture for too long (eg, sleeping in an uncomfortable position) causes physical muscular stress on your spinal muscles. Also, mental and emotional stress can manifest in muscle tension that can encourage the development of trigger points.
The trapezius muscle, which extends from the back of the neck down across the shoulders and upper back, is among the most common sites of spinal trigger points and Myofascial Pain Syndrome because it bears a significant amount of pressure (eg, bearing the weight of a heavy handbag) and is susceptible to whiplash injury.
Massage Therapist Rowena, Dip Rem Massage Therapist, at The Healthy Guru practices myofascial release therapy, and other forms of massage (like deep tissue massage) which may also help ease trigger points in your spine. Massage can also help you relax, which is important in preventing Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Learning how to keep stress and anxiety in check will keep the tension—and trigger points—out of the muscles in your back and neck. So come in-store and discuss your treatment plan with Rowena or contact us for appointments on 54 390097.