Fibromyalgia is also known as “Widespread Pain” whereas Myofascial Pain is usually associated with more localized pain in one quadrant of the body or on one side of the body. Still, they share similar underlying characteristics:
- Poor Posture or Core Weakness.
- They contribute to “Non-Restorative Sleep”
- Excess activity can causes “Rebound Pain” (usually more so with Fibromyalgia)
From a functional standpoint, they also share features such as multiple “Tender Points”. Fibromyalgia Tender Points tend to be located closer to musculo-tendon attachment points and they are mirrored on both sides of the body. Extreme skin and muscle hypersensitivity to light touch or pressure (clinically referred to as allodynia) is a common feature. Myofascial Tender Points are more likely to be unilateral and found in the central to lateral muscle belly.
Both types of tender points respond well to gentle dynamic cupping. Unlike the painful reactions produced by using strong compressive pressure to “work out tender points”, use of “Cup and Release” rarely causes Rebound Pain. It facilitates the release and the circulation of the metabolic waste that contributes to chronic pain. This waste can then be taken back into the lymphatic and venous blood system for eventual excretion.
Ultimately, both Fibromyalgia and Myofascial pain negatively impact a person’s Quality of Life. They limit the ability to perform activities of daily living independently.