The pain is real! Why do my muscles ache? Why does my pain go on and on? Trigger points are the gods of major gaps in medicine. But the science of trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome is still weak and has yet to produce a proven way to treat pain. Some serious, earnest experts have declared their annoyance with dogma and wild speculation about trigger points, and hype and big promises about treatments for them.
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This document and all of SaveYourself. Undying thanks to my wife, Kimberly, for countless indulgences large and small, and for being my editor girlfriend; to my parents for possibly blind faith in me, and much copyediting; and to Mike Gobbi, buddy and digital mentor, for many of the nifty features of this document hidden and obvious. And thanks to all of the above, and many others, for many many answers to what do you think of this?
Thanks finally to every reader, client, customer, and big tipper for your curiosity, your faith, and your feedback and suggestions and stores. Without you, all of this would be pointless. And a few thanks to some health professionals who have been particularly inspiring to me: Dr. Harriet Hall, Simon Singh, and Dr. Stephen Barrett. Most links to sections mentioned in the updates will work only for customers.
Youll receive the full version right away. Saturday, February 13, A tiny-but-interestingupdate: added some pretty good evidence that a muscle relaxant was no better for injured neck muscles than ibuprofen. Tuesday, January 19, One refreshed section The all-powerful acne analogy , and a completely new one logically following from it: The evolution of muscle pain: does muscle burn out?
Tuesday, January 12, Two heavily revised sections: What are the worst case scenarios for myofascial pain syndrome? Thursday, December 31, Minor update: just added a couple of references, Calandre et al and Fernndez-de-Las-Peas et al , to substantiate the relationship between migraines and trigger points.
Tuesday, December 22, A substantial new section makes the case for self-treatment: Fundamental limitations of trigger point therapy, and how to take advantage of them Wednesday, November 25, Upgraded the quality of the writing in an important section, Trigger point diagnosis is not reliable but it may not matter that much. Tuesday, November 17, A little smorg of updates today: 1 A lovely new illustration by Shayne Letain for the introduction!
Look for the man with toxic waste signs sticking into his back. And 2 a new case study section with a fascinating success story, demonstrating a terribly important basic piece of wisdom to get for anyone who is prone to muscle pain. And 3 just a bit of updating of the tools sections with the idea of a bucket of balls. Friday, October 23, As promised last week, there are now four new advanced sections about the use of medications to treat trigger point pain.
These are major new sections with a whole bunch of useful information for patients and pros. This is the kind of content update that I particularly hope motivates past customers to pay a for a subscription renewal at a low renewal price, which available to all past customers forever.
Meds: Anti-inflammatories and Tylenol 2. Meds: Voltaren Gel, an intriguing new option or see the less detailed but free article Voltaren Gel 3. Meds: The nuclear option: Hillbilly heroin Oxycontin , codeine and other opioids 4. Meds: The surprising futility of muscle relaxants such as Robax-whatever, Valium and other benzodiazapenes Also, all discussion of Botox especially the Botox section was updated with new scientific evidence that its not as effective a therapy for trigger point pain as we all hoped.
Friday, October 16, Two new sections: Muscle knots are not inflammatory: the myth of the inflamed myofascial trigger point and Common medications that might make a difference and might not. More advanced medication information to follow soon: this is just a summary of the basics so far. Wednesday, September 30, A substantial new section today: Trigger point diagnosis is not reliable but it may not matter that much.
I wrote about this a while back on the front page and it will be there and free for a while longer, but Ive also added more information here and included some references to other studies. Wednesday, September 16, Several minor updates and refinements, not in any particular section.
Saturday, August 15, Its come to my attention that the trigger point treatment method of dry needling doesnt have as much going for it as I used to think. I discuss the lack of evidence and problems in an overhaul of the section How about dry Needling and Intramuscular Stimulation IMS therapy? Since Dr.
Save Yourself From Trigger Point & Myofascial Pain Syndrome
What exactly are muscle knots? There are no actual knots in there, of course — it just feels like it. TrPs can be vicious. They can cause far more discomfort than most people believe is possible. Its bark is much louder than its bite, but the bark can be painfully loud. It can also be a weird bark — trigger points can generate some odd sensations, and the source may not be obvious. But I had learned a useful lesson: muscle tissue is sensitive stuff!
Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Save Yourself From Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome