TRIGGER POINTS

 

Body tied all up in knots?
When a person has a muscular complaint that could be described as a "knot in the muscle"; they are most likely referring to Trigger Points (known as TPs or mTrP)


Muscle pain matters:
It’s an important problem. Aches and pains are an extremely common medical complaint, and trigger points seem to be a factor in many of them. They are a key factor in headaches (probably including migraine and cluster headaches as well, neck pain and low back pain, and (much) more. What makes trigger points clinically important — and fascinating — is their triple threat. They can: Cause pain problems, complicate pain problems, and mimic other pain problems.


Trigger points can cause pain directly. Trigger points are a “natural” part of muscle tissue. Just as almost everyone gets some pimples, sooner or later almost everyone gets muscle knots — and you have pain with no other explanation.
Trigger points complicate injuries. Trigger points show up in most painful situations like party crashers. Almost no matter what happens to you, you can count on trigger points to make it worse. In many cases they actually begin to overshadow the original problem.

Are TPs common?

Myofascial trigger points are among the most common, yet poorly recognised and inadequately managed, causes of musculoskeletal pain seen in medical practice. Unfortunately, many general practitioners and orthopaedic surgeons do not know about TPs, and as TPs do not show on XRays or scans, the patient may be told there is nothing wrong with them or that there is nothing that can be done to help fix their pain.

What common conditions are thought to be due to referred pain from TPs?

TPs are known to cause or contribute to headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, and many kinds of joint pain mistakenly ascribed to arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, or ligament injury.

How does massage work?

In three ways:

A: Massage breaks into the self-sustaining vicious circle that has kept the muscle contracted. 

B: It increases the circulation, which has been restricted in the immediate area by the contracted fibres, thus enabling oxygen and nutrients to flow to the spot. 

C: It directly stretches the trigger point's knotted muscle fibres.



These three manipulations applied to a trigger point help to break it any waste products caused by the "blockage" of the tigger point, and let healthy, oxygenated blood back in to restore and repair the system.




If you have experienced long standing muscular pain, make an appointment for a musculoskeletal assessment with Tyson Lund today.