A trigger point describes a taught band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points are tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant parts of the body. Patients may have regional, persistent pain resulting in a decreased range of motion in the affected muscles. Massage, spray and stretch are a few techniques to decrease trigger point pain.
Trigger Point Therapy can relieve muscular aches and pains in association with these areas. It can also assist with the redevelopment of muscles and/or restore motion to joints
Why do TrPs come back?
This is a really common question we receive in our practice. TrPs can come back for a variety of reasons – and you can take steps to help stop them returning.
Things you need to look at are;
- Bad Posture
- Stress Breathing
- Repetitive movements/strain
For example, if you work on a computer each day, you need to examine your workplace setup/office ergonomics very carefully.
If your workplace setup is causing repetitive tension in your muscles, then no matter how much you release the trigger points the trigger will always be causing another flare up. Stress breathing occurs when you use the muscles of your shoulders and upper chest for breathing, rather than your abdominal and diaphragm muscles. The shoulder muscles alone are less efficient, and if you use them all day long, this can create chronic trigger points that don’t release easily. Bad Posture means you’re continually holding tension in your postural muscles. Constant tension will stress/strain muscles which then leads to active TrPs – almost a defensive mechanism. Throughout your body, all the muscles work together to create balance. It is when there is an imbalance in one or more muscles that your posture will degrade.