Trigger points are areas of bundled-up muscle and fascial tissue that are more irritable than the surrounding tissue. When a trigger point is pressed on with direct pressure, it may create a sharp intense pain. The muscle it’s located in may also contract in response to the pressure. Commonly, pain can radiate or refer to another location on the body. For example, a trigger point in the upper trapezius muscle can refer pain to the head. This could be the cause of headaches or at least a contributing factor.
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Many elements can lead to the formation of trigger points. A few common elements are poor posture, muscle overuse, or chronic stress. Types of trigger point therapy can vary from person to person. At Chiros in Motion, we have a range of muscle work techniques that we can choose from. We will find the best option for each patient.
Trigger point therapy may include treatments such as cupping, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, ischemic compression, massage gun, or pin and stretch. We identify the trigger point by palpating the entirety of the muscle being examined. We start by using soft pressure to feel the superficial fibers, then we apply harder pressure to feel the deeper fibers. Trigger points can be the main source or contributing factor to your body aches or pains. Please reach out with any questions or schedule with us today for trigger point relief!