Myofascial Pain Syndrome2019-09-02T13:16:02+00:00

Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome is a common local or regional muscle disorder caused by myofascial trigger points (MTrP). A MTrP is a tight band of muscle fibers that sits within the muscle and is commonly referred to as a “knot” in a muscle. These MTrP’s can cause pain locally in the muscle. Sometimes they can also refer pain to other more distal parts of the body i.e. down the leg or arm. MTrP’s also inhibit normal muscle function as they increase the normal resting tension of the muscle unit. This may increase the risk of further injury to that muscle or to joints around it.


There are several methods used to deactivate MTrP’s, at Portobello Physiotherapy our Chartered Physiotherapists may use any of the following treatment techniques in isolation or in combination to address myofascial pain including: dry needling, acupuncture, myofascial release techniques, heat therapy and passive stretching exercises.

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I have been going to David for physiotherapy for the past two and half years and I am really happy with what he has done for me. I initially went to David with upper back problems that were office work related and since then I have been doing strength and conditioning training with David that has helped eradicate that back pain.

Since training with David my fitness levels have gone from non-existent to being able to run a 16k road race, something I would have never dreamed I’d be able to do. Dave is professional, courteous and is an excellent motivator. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

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