Characterized by chronic pain along multiple trigger points, myofascial pain is no walk in the park. It’s a pain that can be difficult to put into words, sometimes numbness, burning, or a sharp stinging sensation, but it’s very real and can often be debilitating, limiting our ability to function and enjoy our everyday lives. But relief is at your fingertips, literally. Discover renewed energy and functioning through natural, holistic means. Why suffer when you can discover a new life in diet, exercise, and stretching to feel better than you have in years?
Are You in Pain Due to Myofascial Problems?
Are you experiencing pain and suffering due to myofascial strain? Problems in the bodies fascial system may lead to many issues that medicine is not yet aware of. Chronic pain, fatigue, migraines, depression, and joint problems could be caused by your myofascial system.
Myofascial pain is the result of shortening muscles due to contraction. Painful trigger points develop when the muscle gets stuck in the contracted state. Massage and bodywork can be applied to the painful areas through myofascial release, unlocking trigger points and providing relief to the muscles. Stretching can also help ease the contracted trigger points. Acupuncture provides palpation to affected areas and has been proven to be more effective than placebos when it comes to relieving muscle pain. Good nutrition and stress relief can also reduce pain and provide a new lease on life.
The Benefits of Stretching at Home for Myofascial Pain
Stretching for myofascial pain can be a little mysterious. Let’s start with a little disclaimer — it doesn’t always work. Except that sometimes it does. So it’s certainly worth trying, but if stretching doesn’t provide much relief, there are other treatments available.
The majority of myofascial pain is caused by kinks in your fascia called trigger points, which stretching may or may not affect. Try to elongate a hurt muscle out to its full stretch length. You are essentially trying to win a tug of war against a muscle spasm. Sometimes, muscles in a trigger point are overlapping. Stretching can disengage this overlap and provide relief.
A New Life Awaits through Natural Healing
Having established the first dedicated holistic clinic in Cincinnati, Dr. Blatman believes in a natural approach to the treatment of myofascial pain. While conventional medicine always has its place, taking care of the entire being of the patient, from good diet to exercise to stress relief, can do wonders to the spirit and in the process heal the body itself. He unlocks trigger points through natural means to get to the root of the pain and provide life changing healing. Best of all, you’ll learn healing techniques you can apply at home to continue the healing process. Discover a new life through a natural approach to the treatment of myofascial pain. Life is far too sweet a thing to suffer when soothing relief should be your natural state of well-being.
Treating Myofascial Pain without Surgery
There are a number of treatments and therapies available to relieve myofascial pain. Often, it is a combination of these approaches that can prove most effective.
A number of medications can effectively provide relief. Over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used to relieve swelling. Muscle relaxants such as Benzodiazepines and tizanidine (Zanaflex) can help reduce muscle spasms. Tricyclic antidepressants can be effective at treating chronic pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain, and myofascial pain. Botox injections can be used to prevent muscle contractions and relieve pain.
Dry needling, the process of applying needles without medication, can be one of the quickest ways to inactivate a myofascial trigger point. The doctor inserts a needle directly into the trigger point and wiggles it around. This can initially be painful, but the overall relief can be very beneficial. Typically, a physician will use acupuncture needles instead of hypodermic needles because of their small size.
Massage therapy can also relax myofascial trigger points by increasing blood flow that warms up the muscles. Even a thump placed soundly on a trigger point can provide effective relief.
Yoga or Pilates can also be effective.
A hot bath or an ice pack can also help to ease muscles and relieve pain.