Pain and stiffness can be hard to understand, which makes it that much harder for sufferers to know how to respond. If you're struggling with chronic headaches, joint pain, and inexplicable aches and pains in various parts of your body, you may have fallen prey to tightness in a kind of connective tissue known as fascia. Fortunately, you can find relief at Spine Pain Center, where we offer myofascial release treatment to patients throughout Columbia and Irmo.
How Tight Tissues Lead to Joint Pain and Other Symptoms
The body plays host to many different kinds of tissues. In addition to the organs, muscles, tendons, and ligaments you may be familiar with, there's another kind of tissue that winds its way through and over all of these other tissues. This connective tissue is called fascia. Normally the fascia is flexible enough to permit normal, comfortable motion. Sometimes, however, this tissue can tense up, stiffening in a manner that produces pain. The pressures exerted by tense fascia can approach 2,000 pounds per square inch, an effect unlikely to show up on standard diagnostic imaging. One common result of tense fascia in your body is the creation of muscle knots, known as trigger points, which can relay pain signals throughout the body. Myofascial tension can cause chronic symptoms such as:
- Joint pain
- Back or neck pain
- Extremity pain
- Limited range of motion
When multiple symptoms occur together, they may be referred to as myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome may resemble the symptoms of fibromyalgia in many respects. In fact, some researchers believe that uncontrolled myofascial pain syndrome has the potential to develop into full-blown fibromyalgia.
Natural Methods for Relaxing Trigger Points
Our chiropractor at Spine Pain Center can discuss your symptoms with you, feel for the telltale muscle knots that indicate trigger points, and prescribe an all-natural technique called myofascial release to ease your pain. Myofascial release is a manual therapy like massage; unlike massage, however, it focuses on the fascia surrounding muscles instead of the muscles themselves. Careful stretching and compression of the tissues forces the fascia to relax, which in turn allows tight muscle knots to release their grip on your nervous system. This method can improve joint motion, ease chronic pain, and improve sleep quality. We may combine myofascial release with chiropractic adjustment or other techniques as needed to help you enjoy optimal relief.
Can Myofascial Release Help? Our Irmo and Columbia Chiropractor Can Tell You
Are you ready to get all the details on myofascial release as a possible solution for your painful symptoms? Call our Irmo and Columbia chiropractor at (803) 781-4092 to schedule a consultation!