Your therapist probably already told you this - but be sure to drink lots of fluids, especially water, after your session, and take it easy for the next day or so. Not that you should lay around necessarily, but not do anything stressful or strenuous. The toxins and cellular stuff that gets released after being trapped in the "system" can make you feel puny and cause a lot of stiffness.
Massage and trigger point release have been very helpful to me. A good therapist is half the battle. There will probably be times when she goes too deep and you will pay the price. I wasn't able to sit for almost an entire weekend after one session - and my therapist admitted it was due to her getting too deep into the muscle. There is definitely a point at which anymore is definitely too much - so be sure to communicate pain and discomfort, so you can find a balance that will keep you moving forward without painful setbacks. I found for awhile that 2 half hour sessions per week were better than 1 hour all at once.
Good luck - I hope it helps you!
Yes, this is the same article that Marlee found. I put a link to it in the Fibro 101 thread. It is an excellent article! Some doctors think that fibro and MPS are the same illness. I know I've got knots all over my body.
I see a massage therapist and she is wonderful Here is a great site to find a good, licensed massage therapist in your area that has to keep up with their education in order to have this certification. This is where I found my wonderful gal! Hope this helps!
I once talked to a guy in school to be an occupational therapist and he said that mps is nothing more than knots in your muscles. I think that minimizes the severity of the problem. Everybody gets tight muscles and knots in the muscles sometimes. This is a lot worse and doesn't seem to want to go away. I know you all know this already. Just bothered me that he said that. I am very limited in what I can do because of the mps and can throw myself into a raging migraine if not careful. Took me a long time to figure out the say my body gets migraines.
It is kind of like people's opinion of fibro. If only they could spend a few days in our bodies.
I hear you, Sue. It is different than simple muscle strain, and the only people who minimize the effects are the ones who don't have it. Someone I know who also deals with the problem had it explained to her this way: It's as though you are wearing a wet T shirt...it clings and rubs and bunches in uncomfortable ways and just doesn't move, absorb, or drape appropriately and eventually begins chafing. And that's just the myofascia. Add deeper muscle problems (as in fibro) and it's no wonder we experience so much and such a variety of pain