Trigger points are small, knotted, often taut areas in skeletal muscle and fascia. Muscles with trigger points are often painful or tender when touched. The pain of one trigger point can unexplainably radiate and refer pain to another area of the body, causing pain at a new site and creating a “ping-pong” pain phenomenon. For example, a trigger point in the back of the shoulder blade can refer pain into the front of the arm. The arm can then create a trigger point and refer pain into the wrist or hand, the wrist or hand can then create a trigger point somewhere else, and so on.
Fortunately, common TrP referral patterns have been mapped. When they are identified, compressed and released, reduction of pain can be experienced at the the original trigger point site, their secondary referral sites, and other areas of the body. This can significantly reduce chronic pain and soreness. TrP therapy is most effective in combination with MFR and other therapeutic techniques. I use a combination of direct pressure, stretching, and sometimes the use of a small hand tool for accuracy.
TrP is effective for those suffering from:
- Pain from old sports or motor vehicle injuries
- Fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome
- Low back, neck, or shoulder pain
- Some headaches depending on the cause
- Jaw pain or TMJ syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Some causes of insomnia
- Painful menstrual cycles
- General body pain