Myofascial pain is a unique type of pain caused by a muscle spasm or trigger point and can occur throughout the body. A unique fact about trigger points is that they refer pain to areas away from the actual muscle spasm or trigger point.Trigger points in the neck and shoulders can also refer pain to the jaw, head and face.
What is a trigger point?
The diagram below shows some examples of trigger points. The "X" is the location of the trigger point and the red area shows where the pain is expressed. There are many trigger points besides the ones that are shown here.
Exercises and Stretches for Myofascial pain
originating from the neck muscles.
*Note: There are many therapies that can treat trigger points in the short-run (acupuncture, injections, message, etc.). However, long-term treatment requires the following:
1) A balanced bite (if some or all of your symptoms are caused by an unbalanced bite).
2) Muscle stretching on a regular basis.
3) Muscle strengthening (exercise).
If symptoms persist after our initial bite therapy and the simple stretching and strengthening exercises above then we recommend treatment by a physical therapist.