What is myofascial restriction

Myofascial pain

Pain and dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system can have different causes.

The muscles as the primary cause of pain and functional impairment have long been neglected. Especially Dr. Janet Travell and Prof. Dr. David Simons from the USA have placed the muscles at the center of their scientific work: the muscles have a major influence on disorders of the locomotor system and can directly cause acute as well as chronic pain conditions. Travell and Simons show that the "myofascial trigger points" they describe are very often responsible as the dominant disease factor for pain and functional restrictions in the neuro-musculo-skeletal system.

Overloading or traumatic overstretching often creates zones in a muscle that are characterized by hypoxia. As a result of the lack of oxygen in these areas, the myosin and actin filaments can no longer separate from each other (rigor complex). These diseased muscle areas can be felt (trigger points): provocation by means of pressure triggers a pain that is often transmitted to other parts of the body (referred pain). But not only pain, but also paresthesia, muscle weakness without primary atrophy, restricted mobility, proprioceptive disorders with impaired coordination and autonomic vegetative reactions can be caused by trigger points.

The sum of all symptoms triggered by active trigger points is referred to as the "myofascial pain syndrome".

With a suitable therapy, this muscle pathology can often - and sometimes even after years - be completely eliminated.