Overcoming Chronic Myofascial Pain

October, 2012

Question: “I have been diagnosed with a chronic myofascial pain in my hips and thighs. How is this treated and can it be cured?”

Simply stated, myofascial pain is a form of chronic pain in the muscles and tissues known as the fascia. It is often characterized by “trigger point” areas of pain which are areas in the muscles that are extra sensitive to touch. Unlike a typical muscle strain or injury, myofascial pain lingers long after physiological “healing” of the tissues has taken place.

There can be as many approaches to curing or managing this type of pain, as there are practitioners. Physicians will typically address the issue through medication management and trigger point injections. Naturopaths, acupuncturists, nutritionists, chiropractors and massage therapists will likely have different approaches, many of which work for some people and do not work for others.

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