Suffering with chronic pain caused by a musculoskeletal disorder?
Well you are not alone! Around 23 million Americans suffer with chronic disorder of their musculoskeletal system. This is about 10 percent of the U.S. population. In fact, statistics show that musculoskeletal disorders are the main cause of disability in the working-age population and a leading causes of disability.
So what are hyperirritable spots?
Known as trigger points, these discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots are found in taut bands of skeletal muscle. Trigger spots are painful when compressed and may cause referred pain, tenderness or motor dysfunction.
Hyperirritable spots can produce pain in a referred pattern and frequently are symptomatic of chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Acute trauma or repetitive injury can stress the muscle fibers causing the formation of these painful trigger points.
Your symptoms may include localised, persistent pain which restrict your range of motion in the affected muscles. The affected muscles include those which work to maintain body posture, as in the neck, shoulders or pelvis. Trigger points can show up as tension headache, tinnitus, joint pain, decreased range of motion in your legs or low back pain.
Physiotherapists use palpation to find and diagnose these hypersensitive bundles or nodules of muscle fibers which are of harder than normal consistency. Unfortunately, there are also other forms of hyperirritable spots, including myofascial pain syndrome which is also a common painful muscle disorder caused by myofascial trigger points. These are different from fibromyalgia syndrome, which involves multiple tender spots, although these pain syndromes can be concomitant to impact upon your health and exacerbate symptoms of pain.
Studies suggest acute trauma or repetitive microtrauma can cause the development of painful trigger points. Further, lack of regular exercise, prolonged poor posture, vitamin deficiencies, broken sleep patterns or joint pain can also predispose you to the development of micro-trauma problems.
So if you are living with hyperirritable spots what can you do to ease the pain?
There are various modalities, including manipulative therapy and injections which are used to help inactivate trigger points, however, on-going medical treatment can be both expensive and time consuming for long term care. The good news is that, increasingly, many people suffering with chronic pain are finding relief from discomfort with alternative therapies. Far infrared thermal therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment modality to help ease muscle discomfort, inactivate trigger points and provide soothing relief of symptoms.
Available in compression joint supports, far infrared functional garments with magnetic therapy assist to ease pain, improve localised circulation and support weakened joints to ease pain at an affordable price!
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