Trigger Point Therapy

A Trigger point is defined as a hyperirritable point within a taught band of muscle, (a tender “knot” in the muscle tissue). These can be acute sources of pain, or latent, unnoticed by the client until a practitioner applies pressure.

Clinical Features

 

A Trigger point is defined as a hyperirritable point within a taught band of muscle, (a tender “knot” in the muscle tissue). These can be acute sources of pain, or latent, unnoticed by the client until a practitioner applies pressure.

One of the clinical features of a trigger point is its ability to refer pain in a predictable pain pattern. The referred pain from trigger points occurs in predictable patterns, which have been clearly mapped out. This mapping allows us to precisely locate the trigger point within the tight bands of muscle at the causative area.

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They can be a major cause of musculoskeletal pain. They can cause or contribute to headaches, dizziness, menstrual pain, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, and many kinds of joint pain mistakenly ascribed to arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, or ligament injury.

Trigger points may also cause numbness, tingling, weakness, or lack of normal range of movement, dizziness, sinus congestion, nausea, and heartburn.

Trigger point picture here! Myo fascial release trigger points Diagram

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