Trigger Point Therapy

 

What Is Trigger Point Therapy?


A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it "triggers" a painful response.
But a trigger point is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the triger point is located, but also causes "referred pain" in tissues supplied by nerves.
Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscles fibers. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. The therapist will locate and deactivate them using finger pressure. One technique is to pick up the muscle fibers in a pincer grip. A more effective way of treating the points is with trigger point dry needling. Once the trigger points have been deactivated the muscle can return to its full length and functionality.