Do These Sound Similar To Your Fibromyalgia Trigger Points?
Are your muscles always unnaturally tight? Like they are constantly ‘on’ or contracted and won’t release even with exercise or stretching?
Do they seem to pull you in different ways or restrict your movement? And no matter which way you sit or stand, feel like something is gripping them, or holding them at ransom and not letting them go?
Or are you always rubbing them in vain, or wriggling your head and shoulders to get some sort of movement? Or trying to shake it out, or shift some of the constrictions or pain?
Overall does it just feel like a never-ending physical and emotional drain?
If you have Fibromyalgia, and can relate to any of these, you are likely suffering from Fibromyalgia trigger points. And even though they are one of the most common symptoms of Fibromyalgia, and can be used to diagnose FMS, what they are not, are Fibromyalgia tender points.
Fibromyalgia trigger points are in fact myofascial trigger points. They are nasty cesspools of affected muscle tissue that have gone in to spasm and formed muscle knots. These knots have become ‘stuck’ in a tense state, refusing to relax, and so continue to wreak havoc at their source as well as triggering pain to other areas of the body.
Myofascial trigger points, or small contraction knots are actually the cause of the majority of our aches and muscles pains in the body. They are especially prevalent in Fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, which are common coexisting conditions of each other.
So Much More Than Just Muscle Knots
What a lot of Fibro sufferers may not realize though, is that Fibromyalgia trigger points are so much more than just muscle knots.
They are responsible for creating a huge strain on the body physically as well as emotionally, and can be responsible for a number of your general Fibro symptoms.
Muscle knots can be bound so tightly that they almost cut off their own blood supply. That means they create poor circulation, increase contraction and spasm and build up toxins and waste.
They are best described as patches of polluted tissue, or knots of waste. As a result they are not only causing you pain, their toxins are also causing you an array of other symptoms that you may not even be aware of.
Symptoms Such As:
- Fibro Fog
- Affecting your ability to think straight
- Affecting your ability to make simple decisions
- Disturbing your sleep
- Affecting your mood
- Causing you anxiety
So What Can You Do To Reduce Their Severity?
The best way to keep on top of Fibromyalgia trigger point pain is to follow preventative measures. These include:
Having Regular Treatments
It’s important to have specific trigger point treatment in order to really tackle muscle knots. There is not a lot of point in treating the areas affected by referred pain, unless you also treat the source which is the muscle knot.
Some trigger point treatments can be more painful than others, but there are milder options such as acupuncture or dry needling in addition to massage that may be beneficial for you.
Also, it’s important to have regular treatments in order to make a real impact in shutting your trigger points down. Fibromyalgia treatments can get expensive,but it can be even more costly physically and emotionally if you don’t have them regularly enough. Which can mean you just keep treating the same issues without making any real progress.
Trigger point treatments offer a lot of relief. However, they won’t prevent them… they need exercise.
What exercise cannot do is get rid of any current trigger points you may have. What it can do is help to alleviate some of their tension and also prevent them. When you begin to have trigger point treatment, you will notice that you feel freer, or just that little bit looser. This is when exercising becomes just that little bit easier as well.
When you get your body moving, your heart get’s pumping and starts to filter fresh blood through your system. This importantly increases blood flow to your restricted muscle knots, helping to flush out those polluted toxins.
Exercise also helps to build muscle strength, so it can support your musculoskeletal system the way it’s supposed to. Better muscle health, means less muscle aches and less trigger point pain.
It’s really hard to change your posture completely in a short period of time. And even if you did, you would likely find that using the correct posture can actually be more painful because it fires up stagnant muscle groups that haven’t been used in a long time.
But what you can do is start to create better habits for yourself, by becoming more aware of you body. For example; Are your shoulders sitting up or down? Are they hunched over, or back? And do you always cross your legs? Or is your chin sticking forward without you even realising it? Causing a strain on your shoulders and neck? All these simple things when corrected can contribute to better overall musculoskeletal health and less trigger point pain.
Treatments, exercise and postural improvements are the strongest and most effective means of tackling trigger points. You can make an even bigger impact though, when you factor in your diet.
Another beneficial way to keep on top of your Fibromyalgia trigger points is by monitoring your diet and eating more fresh raw fruits and vegetables, and less red meat, refined sugars and even nightshade fruits and vegetables. Taking a muscle supplement such as magnesium is also beneficial.
Taking Back Control
Trigger points can very quickly sweep you up in to a never- ending cycle of pain. But you can make a huge impact on their severity when you make a conscious decision to take back control and apply their treatment and prevention as above.
When you introduce this new ongoing plan, you begin a cycle of change that includes management, control and prevention. All which leads us to what we all want… less pain!