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IS YOUR BACK PAIN CAUSED BY MYOFASCIA? (by Pilates Wise Carlsbad, San Diego)

Fascia covers whole body and it provides structural support around our organs, muscles, joints, bones and nerve fibers. Fascia helps prevent and minimize localized stress in particular muscle, joint or bone. It is always under tension as long as gravity is present, and it also provides stabilizer components that helps our posture and allows us to perform movement automatically.

Fascia has been viewed clinically as a potential source of dysfunction. The research has found that chronic pain patients have some pathological changes in their thoracolumbar fascia. The thoracolumbar fascia is a tough fibrous sheet covering the back. It is tensioned by the muscles above, side and below. The fascia works as an attachment to several muscles and plays an important role of stabilization of the thoracolumbar and pelvic regions (as well sacroiliac joints). The thoracolumbar fascia attaches to the external obliques, internal obliques, transverse abdominals, latissumus dorsi and gluteus maximus. Because these muscles are connected through the same fascia, myofascia chains may contain restrictions and dysfunction in one area that influence another remote area. The thoracolumbar fascia also contains three nerve endings and may play a neuro-sensory role in lumbar spine pain mechanism.

Thoracolumbar fascia’s role as a cause of back pain is something that it is not shown by x-ray or MRI and is often underestimated by doctors. Chiropractors and spinal specialist treat spinal pain as a pain from vertebras or disc, but that is not always the underlying problem and may be a big reason why the back pain becomes, and continues, chronic. In most cases of back pain, especially in sub-acute or chronic back pain, the cause of the underlying problem may be more in muscle imbalances, poor posture or even myofascial dysfunction than spinal structure itself.

 

There are many specific stretching techniques about how you can release and mobilize the thoracolumbar fascia yourself, for example rolling with the foam roll. Besides releasing fascia, it is still very important to take care of your (deep stabilizer) muscles strength around your spine. Spinal stabilization training is specifically designed for people with back pain. It is scientifically proven to be very helpful exercise method for rehabilitating your back more safely and efficiently. For more information about Active Back Pain Rehabilitation, please click HERE

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Stretching and Pilates are a good treatments for Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

The fascia is a thick elastic connective tissue in and around the muscles, bones, blood vessels and nerves of your body. The fascia spreads throughout the body like web which travels head-to-toe uninterrupted and acts as a shock absorber in the body. In healthy condition, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration with the ability to stretch and move without any problems.

Physical trauma, scarring, stress, repetitive micro trauma, poor posture, inflammation or disease such as arthritis cause the fascia to lose its ability and this causes restriction and tension to the rest of the body. This Myofascial restriction or tension is the underlying cause of most chronic pain problems that have not responded to traditional medical or surgical intervention.

Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is essentially defined as a painful musculoskeletal condition, characterized by the development of Myofascial trigger points (TrPs). These points are locally tender when active and refer pain through specific patterns to other areas of the body.

The Myofascial tissue appears to tighten and thicken in those with Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). So often fibromyalgia sufferers might have also Myoafascial Pain syndrome (MPS). FMS and MPS are very different symptoms and makes life very complicated with pain.

Exercise is considered to be one of the most significant treatment methods for relief from the symptoms of Myofascial Pain Syndrome as well as Fibromyalgia. Research indicates that apart from medications and minimally invasive techniques, a set of planned exercises and a regular exercise regimen can be of great help for relief from the symptoms of Myofascial Pain Syndrome.

As a Physical Therapist, I recommend Pilates and specific stretching program for people with MPS and FMS. However, both exercises have to be tailored just for you needs and must be taught by a Physical Therapist or experienced Pilates Instructor.  Pilates helps improve your joint range of motion and increase muscle strength, endurance and stretch. Unfortunately, Pilates is not enough to stretching tight myofascia and releasing muscle tension. Specific stretching program with a foam roll and ball is a good myofascial trigger point release as well as muscle tension release. So, professional Pilates with a specific stretching program complete each other by relieving your pain and will improve your quality of life.

Please Check out also our info video clip about Fibromyalgia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpG24NEL6qQ

PilatesWise offers Pilates and therapeutic exercise program for rehabilitation, post-rehabilitation and chronic pain & disease, all sessions are taught by a Physical Therapist.