North Kansas City Hospital’s physical and occupational therapists have advanced training in treating chronic and myofascial pain. Many of our therapists use a technique called myofascial release to treat muscle pain. We also have a warm water therapy pool which can be effective in treating chronic pain and fibromyalgia.
Advanced Therapy for Pain Relief
Medical and alternative (or complementary) treatments are also available for pain relief. Learn more about our Pain Management Clinic and alternative medicine options available at North Kansas City Hospital.
What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder in which pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain and restricted motion in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. Symptoms include:
- Deep, aching muscle pain that persists or worsens
- Tender knots in muscles
- Pain that interferes with sleeping
Myofascial pain syndrome often occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively, which can be caused by stress-related muscle tension, trauma or repetitive motions used in jobs or hobbies. Myofascial pain differs from ordinary muscle pain in that the pain doesn’t go away. Treatment can include physical therapy, including a technique called myofascial release, trigger point injections, pain medications and relaxation techniques.
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure to the body’s connective tissue restrictions (trigger points) to relax muscles, increase circulation and improve lymph system drainage, eliminating pain and restoring motion. Each myofascial release treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia (connective tissue).
Using this technique allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. During one-on-one therapy sessions our therapists use various hands-on myofascial release techniques and movement therapy responding to each person’s specific needs. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self-treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility and postural and movement awareness.
If you need rehabilitation or feel you would benefit from pain therapy, talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to North Kansas City Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services.
For more information on pain therapy at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1795.