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Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)

Myofascial pain syndrome refers to pain and inflammation in the body's soft tissues. MPS is a chronic condition that affects the fascia. It may involve either a single muscle or a muscle group. It usually involve muscle pain with specific trigger or tender points. The cause of myofascial pain syndrome is unknown. Nevertheless, prior injury, poor sleeps patterns, stressful life situations, and depression are common underlying conditions that may play a role in inciting and exacerbating myofascial pain syndrome.

Massage therapy using trigger-point release techniques may be effective in short-term pain relief. Physical therapy involving gentle stretching and exercise is useful for recovering full range of motion and motor coordination. Once the trigger points are gone, muscle strengthening exercise can begin, supporting long-term health of the local muscle system.


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