Guys! I'm prepping for a presentation about acupuncture and trigger points and wanted to share some of this info with you all! So what exactly ARE are trigger points you ask?? Trigger points are those tight knots in your muscles that feel tender and possibly painful when you massage them. They reveal that a muscle has gone into "protection mode" or a holding pattern when your body sensed an imbalance happening. Some muscles overcompensate for others when there is a structural imbalance, injury or weakness. Normally this is temporary, but some of our walking, sitting and cell phone looking at habits set these overcompensation patterns into full ingrained ways of being. We don't want muscles getting trained to be in a protective holding pattern, so we work to release them back to their natural state. Also many muscles will have what is called a "Pain Referral Pattern" where the pain is felt in places other than where the tight muscle is. These referral patterns help us find where problem is. For example, a tight Illiopsoas muscle can feel like low back pain. If you look at the pictures posted, the dotted patterns in the picture show the referral patterns, while the X's mark where the common trigger points are in the muscles. Kinda cool, right?? How do you treat them?
We find trigger points in the muscle by palpating it until we find a tight & tender band. This area is the spot, that when activated, will prompt the muscle to spasm and release out of the holding pattern. Massage therapists do this by applying pressure to the trigger point area of the muscle to facilitate this release, while acupuncturists use a needle to facilitate the muscle release.
These trigger points were discovered by Dr. Janet Travell in the 1930’s and the photos come from her books “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction the Trigger Points Manual.” Any questions you have about pain that you think might be trigger point related, I'd be happy to answer and treat 😊☯️💆♂️ Picture 1 muscle: Levator Scapula Picture 2 Muscle: Iliopsoas Picture 3 Muscle: Upper Trapezius Picture 4 Muscle: Piriformis