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11.10.2018

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TRIGGER POINTS/MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME/MUSCLE ‘KNOTS’

People usually call and feel them as ‘knots’ in their muscles. They are usually tender spots and if too many of them are gathered they are known as Myofascial Pain Syndrome.

Their nature has become questionable but mostly regarding to how they should be called and not as to their existence.

They may be a major factor in back and neck pain whether they are the cause or the result of an injury. Trigger Points have the ability to spread the pain to another location-which is called ‘referred pain’.

Trigger Points are very often mistakenly confused with common nerve problems. A trigger point can be the reason for:

  • Sciatica: shooting pain in the buttocks and can reach up to the foot due to a trigger point in the piriformis or gluteal muscles

 

  • Chronic jaw pain, toothache, earache, ringing in the ears, dizziness. All these can be created from trigger points in the muscles around the jaw, face, head and neck.

 

 

  • Trigger points can cause chest, arm pain and numbness

 

 

  • Headaches: When a trigger point is located in the neck, shoulder, and head muscles, it can cause referred or spreading pain that creates the same pain pattern as that of a tension-type headache

Trigger point therapy mostly consists of soft tissue work, myofascial release techniques, manual therapy, stretches, postural education and dry needling has become very popular and is providing quick relief.

 

Trigger points are the most overlooked and neglected source of pain in the human body. It has been established that most conditions of chronic, relapsing pain anywhere in the body have some degree of significant trigger point involvement which causes or adds to the overall pain perception.

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