Trigger-Point Therapy

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy

Myofascial Trigger Points, also known as trigger points, are described as hyperirritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. They are a topic of ongoing controversy, as there is limited data to inform a scientific understanding of the phenomenon.

Accordingly, a formal acceptance of myofascial "knots" as an identifiable source of pain is more common among bodyworkers,physical therapists, and chiropractors and osteopathicpractitioners.

Nonetheless, the concept of trigger points provides a framework which may be used to help address certain musculoskeletal pain.

trigger-point therapyThe trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Practitioners claim to have identified reliable referred pain patterns which associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere. 

Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction.


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