Muscle pain and myofascia

Muscle pain and myofascia

I started getting new, quite strong pain in my neck and up into my temple. I thought it might be the dreaded Trigeminal Neuralgia (Facial Nerve Pain) that I had heard about so I googled and found a most interesting article which described my pain exactly.

No it was not Trigeminal Neuralgia it was Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) of which I had never heard.

Anyway it convinced me to go to get myofascial treatment which I had heard can help fibro.

Myofascial treatment is a specific type of massage that releases the myofascial tissues. Myo means muscle and fascia means the connective tissue covering the muscles. These connective tissues become tight and painful and need to be released.

Myofascial pain is usually caused in specific tender points that need to be released.

I have had my first treatment and have felt some easing of tension in my shoulders and no face pain this week I am pleased to say. I will keep you posted about future treatments.

How is myofascial pain diagnosed?

The recognition of this syndrome requires a precise understanding of the body's trigger points. Trigger points can be identified by pain that results when pressure is applied to an area of the patient's body. In the diagnosis of myofascial pain syndrome, four types of trigger points can be distinguished:
  • An active trigger point is an area of extreme tenderness that usually lies within the skeletal muscle and which is associated with a local or regional pain.
  • latent trigger point is a dormant (inactive) area that has the potential to act like a trigger point.
  • secondary trigger point is a highly irritable spot in a muscle that can become active due to a trigger point and muscular overload in another muscle.
  • satellite myofascial point is a highly irritable spot in a muscle that becomes inactive because the muscle is in the region of another trigger pain. FROM CLEVELAND CLINIC
There is a book explaining the condition called Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Survival Manual which you read my review of here 


  1. Sophia P.6:57 PM

    This is fascinating and gives me some hope, I will investigate about it Gracia

  2. Many doctors actually use this diagnoses to treat so that insurance companies will pay for the treatments. This often includes massage therapy, which I couldn't operate without.

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