Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. Pressure on sensitive points in the muscles (trigger points) causes referred pain in seemingly unrelated parts of the body. Myofascial pain syndrome typically occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively. The pain can be made worse with activity or stress. Treating pain with drugs is not always a good option. Opioids, NSAIDs, and even acetaminophen may cause adverse health reactions. VibraCool® is FDA cleared to treat myofascial pain caused by trigger points, restricted motion, and muscle tension.
When treating myofascial pain syndome, physicians may recommend needle procedures, such as trigger point injections and dry needling. For trigger point injections, a numbing agent or a steroid is injected into a trigger point to help relieve pain. For dry needling, a small, thin needle is inserted into several places in and around the trigger point to break up the muscle tension. Proven to reduce needle pain, Buzzy® can improve the patient experience with these needle procedures.
For Myofascial Pain
Put VibraCool® vibration unit into neoprene pouch on compression strap (VibraCool® Extended or Easy Fit) or pocket for Flex. 2. Secure snugly with vibration unit over the area of pain. 3. Activate vibration by switching the toggle switch. 4. To add anti-inflammatory ice: Prepare unit: Freeze ice packs. Ice packs must be solid for use. Place frozen ice pack underneath the strap prior to placing on pain. Ice will remain frozen for 10-20 minutes. 5. To add muscle-relaxing heat: Click the metal plate within the heat pack. It may take a few clicks to activate. Place heat pack underneath strap prior to placing on pain. If the area is constantly aching, leave vibration going as long as necessary. VibraCool® can be left on during any stretching exercises to loosen muscles. Great for pre-weight lifting warm-up and post-exercise soreness. For optimal relief and recovery, use VibraCool® for 20 minutes, 2-3x a day until you no longer hurt.
For trigger point injections
Pain control is maximized by placing Buzzy® with an ice pack on the site of injection, leaving in place 30 – 60 seconds. The ice wings cool and numb the area and the vibration desensitize the area. Next, move Buzzy® just proximal (toward the head or spine) during the shot. When injections burn, the pain can be relieved by rubbing Buzzy®’s cold and vibration over the area after the medicine is administered. There is no risk of shrinking blood vessels
For dry needling
Pain control is maximized by placing Buzzy® with an ice pack and vibration on the site of dry needling, leaving in place 30 – 60 seconds. The ice wings cool and numb the area and the vibration desensitizes the area. Next, move Buzzy® just proximal (toward the head or spine) during the dry needling treatment. After treatment, rub Buzzy® with fresh, frozen ice wing and vibration, over the site of dry needling to relieve post-procedure soreness.