Acupuncture for Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), also known as myofascitis, is a syndrome characterized by chronic pain caused by multiple trigger points and fascial constrictions. MPS and fibromyalgia share some common symptoms, a patient may suffer from MPS and fibromyalgia at the same time.
How does acupuncture work for myofascial pain syndrome?
Acupuncture has shown to be very effective for myofascial. Studies show that acupuncture can help lessen pain by altering brain chemistry to change the release of neurotransmitters to stimulate or inhibit nerve impulses in the brain that relay sensations such as pain. Acupuncture help to stretch the contracted muscle, stop uncontrolled contractions, and restoring muscles condition.
Acupuncture also improves blood flow and immune function, and helps adrenal insufficiency (usually a problem for people with myofascial). Therefore it not only works on the cause of the problem but also all the accompanied symptoms.
Course of treatment
There are 10-15 acupuncture sessions in one course of treatment. Treatment frequency depends on individual condition. Chinese herbs work synergistically with acupuncture.