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MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPY FOR ALL TYPES OF CHRONIC PAIN…

Myofascial Release Therapy is another therapy that works around acupressure points. It is s now becoming one of best-known massage type of treatment for chronic pain, tension and muscular problems.

Myofascial release therapy (MRT) was originally coined by an osteopath, although today you will find that many well-trained physiotherapists, massage therapists and chiropractors also practice this technique because of its effectiveness. MRT is a hands-on treatment whose purpose is to break down scar tissue, relax your muscles and fascia, and improve posture. Myofascial release therapy is usually slow in nature, and can be deep but does not always need to be as such. Many practitioners state that the technique should be painful to be effective, while others argue that proper use of the therapy does not need to be painful at all.

Research has proven that fascia, like a muscle, has the ability to contract and relax and plays a major role in mobility and stability of joints. Myofascial Release UK say the general understanding of ‘myofascial release’ has changed over the last decade since MFR UK has been providing workshops for healthcare professionals. In the past, MFR was a treatment approach in its own right and everything else was called massage. However, with popularity comes ambiguity and what MFR is and how it’s applied has become somewhat lost in translation over recent years. Normally the term ‘massage’ describes a fluid movement over the body using lubrication. As the popularity of MFR grows, massage treatments are being renamed ‘MFR’ to keep up with the current trends creating confusion for both practitioners seeking professional MFR training and for clients seeking resolve from their #pain and discomfort.

There is a condition known as Myofascial Pain Syndrome which is a chronic painful muscle disorder and is common if you have experienced a muscle injury. Over time these myofascial restrictions can lead to poor biomechanics, altered structural alignment, compromised blood supply and pain. Other causes of myofascial pain are injuries to an intervertebral disc, general fatigue, repetitive motions, and some medical conditions.

It is characterised by the myofascial trigger points and the symptoms include persistent or worsening pain, deep and aching muscle pain, tender knots located in the muscles and pain after exercise or sporting activity.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is the name given to pain caused by trigger points and fascia (connective tissue) adhesions in the body, usually in muscle tissue, and inflammation in the body’s soft tissues.

Myo = muscle
Fascia = the main connective tissue in the body
Release = to let go, ease pressure

Many people with fibromyalgia also have chronic myofascial pain or CMP (formally known as Myofascial Pain Syndrome, MPS) and don’t even know it. It is often missed because it is easy to confuse the pain and it’s origins with that of FM. As a result, it is missed in the diagnosis. Both are connected to the musculoskeletal system, which makes up almost 50% of our body weight, but should not be confused as being the same. Understanding FM and CMP and what makes them tick, will empower you to help yourself. You will be able to figure out some of the contributing factors to your pain, where it originates and what makes it feel better. It will help you understand treatments and find the one(s) that work for you.

It was recently discovered that MPS is not actually a syndrome at all, but a neuromuscular disease. This is important news! The difference? Diseases have known causes and a well-understood process for producing symptoms. Myofascial pain due to trigger points is now considered a true disease, rather than a syndrome. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and has tender points (not to be confused with trigger points). Even with these differences, it is believed by many researchers that one can influence the other.

In America, sufferers are doing ‘self-myofascial release (foam rolling)’ using a lacrosse ball and foam to roll out trigger points. They say, ‘it can help reduce muscle soreness, increase mobility, and prevent problems created by tightness and poor tissue quality like plantar fascists, sciatica, and more.”

It is a scientific fact that all muscles and their fibrous coating and connective tissue that joins muscles to bones, the fascia, are a source of pain if the functionality is changed by an accident or normal wear and tear/degeneration. Muscles may develop Myofascial ‘tender spots’ or ‘Trigger Points’. These Trigger Points are not only painful where they are found, but may also send pain away from that spot, to what is called Referred pain.

Sources : Ezine, Ezine Myofascial Release UK




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ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM FIBROMYALGIA OR FIBROSITIS ? …

In the past, it has been called ‘Rheumatism’ and ‘Fibrositis’. It is now firmly established that a central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction is primarily responsible for the increased pain and sensitivity of Fibromyalgia.

The tendency to develop Fibromyalgia Syndrome may be inherited. Many mothers with Fibromyalgia have children with it as well. I was just one of those. My mum used to suffer from fibrositis nearly every winter and would sometimes require injections for pain in order for her to get out of bed. The pain, however, was limited to her neck and shoulders and down her arms. I also started suffering from the same symptoms in my teens.

They say that you cannot have Fibromyalgia only on your back or in your hands. You either have it all over or you don’t have it at all. Well, I have to disagree. At the moment I am suffering from an acute attack of what I would call Fibrositis which is in my neck and shoulders (particularly one side of my neck) but my other pains are not as acute as the pain in my neck. I feel as though I have been in a draft which is something that can trigger my Fibrositis.

Fibromyalgia is not a diagnosis of exclusivity. You may have co-existing conditions, such as MS, arthritis, and/or myofascial pain, and still, have Fibromyalgia pain.It is not a disease but a syndrome, which means a specific set of signs and symptoms that occur together. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and many other serious conditions are also classified as syndromes.

If you put Fibrositis into google the dictionary comes up with ‘inflammation of fibrous connective tissue, typically affecting the back and causing stiffness and pain’. It doesn’t specifically mention your neck but typically in your back. I personally think it’s all the same thing and that in the 60’s they called it ‘Fibrositis’ and since then because it started affecting other parts of the body so they called it ‘Fibromyalgia’.

Collins dictionary says ‘fibrositis is in the lower 50% of commonly used words in the Collins dictionary’  which implies that they no longer use this name much but what puzzles me is that maybe some people are suffering from ‘fibrositis’ as opposed to ‘fibromyalgia’ as they only get the pain in their neck and shoulders.

They also say that Fibromyalgia is not the same as chronic myofascial pain, there is no such a thing as a Fibromyalgia trigger point. Trigger points are part of myofascial pain and not Fibromyalgia. It is also is not the same as Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome. It is not just widespread pain or achy muscles, nor is it an autoimmune condition and can often be triggered off by an event that activates biochemical changes, causing a cascade of symptoms.

When you read all these different symptoms of Fibro it makes you realise why it has taken so long for some people to be diagnosed. A good Rheumatologist with a lot of knowledge on the symptoms of Fibromyalgia is an obvious advantage. What are your views on this?

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HOW TO EMBRACE A HYGGE LIFESTYLE TO HELP YOU RELAX…

My friend bought me a book for my birthday all about a Hygge lifestyle. I hadn’t heard of it before and looked to see what they said about it online.

‘Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. Hygge (or to be “hyggeligt”) doesn’t require learning “how to”, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything.’

Just reading the meaning of Hygge made me feel relaxed so I started a board on my Pinterest called My Hygge.

This graphic is from Jessica Zoob and is her way of embracing a Hygge lifestyle… 

I just love the whole idea of this relaxed way of life and cannot help but feel it can only be beneficial for people in pain.

Another great graphic I found is from Shining Light Apparel which is 7 day Hygge Challenge. 

Watch out for my other posts on all I can find on a Hygge lifestyle.