Massage for myofascial pain syndrome

A commonly encountered problem in the field of massage is chronic bodily pain, medically known as myofascial pain syndrome. This pain syndrome is caused by muscle trigger points, which are like small and ongoing cramps in the muscle, which are painful and lead to constrictions in the surrounding tissues. Often this leads to a loss of range of motion and referred or localised pain.

Cause for concern

What causes these hyper-irritable zones of muscle is not always clear, and how they manifest can be tricky, and so not always correctly diagnosed. A severe headache can be an symptom of a trigger point in the neck or upper back. A pain in the elbow can be the result of a trigger point in a seemingly unrelated shoulder muscle. They can appear over time as a result of emotional troubles or work stress; they can also appear spontaneously as a result of a car accident or other trauma. There is no set pattern for why they appear, or why some people are more prone to them than others, but there is a definite and scientifically researched pattern to where they appear in skeletal muscle and how their pain patterns refer.

Married together with chronic or on-going pain symptoms you often find emotional disturbances like depression, which is a common complaint together with myofascial pain syndrome.

Treatment options

Some of the common the treatment options for myofascial pain syndrome include massage (with deep pressure), dry needling, spray-and-stretch with a cooling spray and specific stretching techniques.

The benefit of seeking a massage for myofascial pain is in the nature of the hands on treatment. Often these trigger points can be felt in the muscle, and a skilled massage practitioner will always be on the look out for them in a treatment. After the active trigger points have been deactivated during a massage treatment, the client should take up gentle stretching or mobilisation of the affected area to encourage healthy movement. As an alternative or in addition to massage, I would recommend a movement therapy like Pilates, the Alexander Technique or Feldenkrais to improve functional movement and work on postural stress factors which can contribute to much myofascial pain.

Book a massage in Marbella

If you are suffering with myofascial pain syndrome, speak to a local massage therapist and see what a hands on treatment could do for you.

If you are struggling with this painful condition and are based in Marbella, or are visiting and would like to make an appointment, please contact me  on my mobile or via email:


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