Trigger points are described as areas of pain in skeletal muscle or fascia. They can be felt as a nodule or band. On touch, pain can be replicated and even radiate to other areas.
Trigger points can form due to:
- Overload of muscle
- Referral of pain from other trigger points
- Direct trauma
- Health issues e.g. smoking
How are they treated?
Also known as Trigger Pointing, Neuro Muscular Techniques refer to palpation of the trigger point, and application of localised pressure until pain reduces or a palpable change of muscle tone is reached. This can be repeated 3-4 times until the tension within the tissue has been relieved.