We Treat Myofascial Pain Without Drugs
Clear Passage Physical Therapy® has over two decades of experience treating the adhesions that cause myofascial pain, which is closely associated with adhered soft tissue. We use a non-surgical, hands-on physical therapy to decrease the adhesive pulls on delicate, pain-sensitive tissues, alleviating myofascial pain symptoms significantly. Complete our online Request Consultation form to receive a free phone consultation with a therapist and learn whether our therapy can help you.
Millions of Americans have musculoskeletal pain. An estimated 10 million suffer from either myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) or fibromyalgia (FM). While they have much in common, these are now recognized to be two distinct syndromes. MPS is a localized disorder, while FM is a systemic disorder. (Schneider, 1995)
Because patients with these two distinct disorders have similar symptoms, it is easy for both patients and physicians to be confused about the correct diagnosis. Although there are clear-cut differences between the classic manifestations of the two syndromes, many patients have symptoms that appear to be features of both conditions. Some diagnostic tests do not show abnormalities in either condition. Both MPS and FM are considered diagnoses of exclusion. This means that you must exclude the possibility that the patient’s symptoms are due to some other disorder before you can conclude that the proper diagnosis is MPS or FM.
Janet Travell, M.D., a pioneering researcher in the field of MPS, describes this syndrome as “a regional muscle pain disorder that is characterized by tender spots in taut bands of muscle that refer pain to areas overlying or distant to the tenderness.” (Travell & Simons, 1983) Some patients develop MPS following trauma, although they may not be aware of the connection since the trauma can precede the onset of pain by weeks or even months.
Besides trauma, other potential causes or perpetuating factors for MPS include muscle strain and frequent exposure to cold, overwork and fatigue. Some mechanical problems with the structure of the body are also thought to be possible causes of MPS. These may include a short leg, an asymmetrical pelvis, a long second toe in the foot and dental abnormalities. Other factors that are thought to lead to MPS are overly tight bra straps, as well as compression of the hamstring muscles on the back of the thigh by the edge of a seat. The typical sitting posture of today’s office worker at a desk or computer terminal, forward head posture and slumped posture, has also been linked with the increased prevalence of MPS.
At Clear Passage, we treat difficult, persistent MPS pain using a “hands-on” approach to alleviate your symptoms and discover the cause of your pain. We have been successful in helping many patients who have been unable to find pain relief through other treatment methods, such as traditional physical therapy and medications.
We begin by treating tight and dysfunctional areas in your body. A few minutes into your first treatment session, our therapists will be providing a gentle stretch for a sustained period of time to areas of your body where we feel abnormal tensions. This has been very effective in decreasing and frequently resolving pain symptoms. Goals of treatment include restoring alignment, balance and mobility to the pelvis, sacrum, thoracic and lumbar spines. We address headaches, neck, back and hip symptoms. We will treat the affected connective tissues and abdominopelvic organs.
Other treatment goals focus on decreasing pain and restoring range of motion. We work with you to improve your function and your tolerance for physical activity to return you to an active, productive lifestyle.
By Belinda Wurn, PT, National Director of Services, Physical Therapist at Clear Passage Physical Therapy - Gainesville, Florida Area