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Treatments for Myofascial Pain

The good news is that thoracic back pain related to the muscles or myofasciitis is not normally treated with surgery. 

Myofascial pain can be difficult to treat but there are things that you can do. Home treatments for myofascial pain would include things like stretching exercises, deep tissue massage, and meditation or relaxation exercises.






Stretching Exercises 

The correct exercises for stretching the painful muscles will depend on the location of your pain.

Whatever you can do to stretch the muscles in the painful area can be helpful. In the beginning stretching may cause some increased pain. 

Begin Gently

You will need to be careful and avoid exercises that flare up arthritic joints or cause other problems.

However, if your exercises are reproducing your myofascial pain that is a sign that you have found the right exercises.

Stretching Exercises
Such as Yoga or Pilates
can help Myofascial Pain

Couple practicing yoga

Yoga Classes

Yoga classes can be very helpful because they combine the stretching exercises with meditation. Simply finding a quiet spot to sit and focus on relaxing your muscles can provide some relief.

Brief periods of true relaxation for 10 to 15 minutes twice per day can make a world of difference.

Pilates exercises and  Yoga can both include stretching exercises that are very helpful for thoracic back pain. Talk to friends or check the internet for a qualified instructor in your area.

Deep Tissue Massage 

Deep tissue massage by a friend or professional massuese can be helpful for working out muscle knots and loosening up tight tissues.

This can also free up adhesions or scar tissue and increase your range of motion.

Use a Massage Ball

You can perform your own deep tissue massage by lying on a tennis ball or a spiked rubber massage ball.

Lay on the floor on top of a tennis ball and work it around into the most tender area or trigger point.

Again, this type of treatment may cause some increased pain, but if you can tolerate the treatment it can provide some real relief when you are done.

Treatments thoracic back pain that is coming from the muscles can be effective but may not last more than a few days.

Although, long lasting relief is possible, treatments may need to be repeated several times before symptoms resolve permanently.

Image thanks to Wikimedia Commons

Meditation and Relaxation 

If you are under a lot of stress that you think may be causing your pain finding ways to relieve the stress can also help relieve the pain.

Another sign of stress related pain is the absence of myofascial trigger points.

Trigger Points? Yes or No

If your pain is more generalized and you are unable to locate any specific spot where your pain is centered you may need to consider stress relief techniques such as meditation and/or visualization.

When gentle stretching exercises and other conservative home treatments are not helpful for relieving your myofascial pain, you may need to speak with your doctor about more aggressive treatments. 

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When Home Treatments Don't Work 



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