What’s a Trigger Point?

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This short movie explains one of the most common causes of muscle pain: trigger points. Most people have them, most people don’t know what they are or how to treat them. Watch the video to learn more.

 

To find out how to treat trigger points safely and accurately – check out the Trigger Point Course here.

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  1. prabu.T says

    Dear Sir,
    Sharing Your Knowledge and helping people by means of this is impressive.God bless you.

    Regards,
    Prabu.T

  2. says

    I love your informatio. It is great layman terminology mixed in with great information everyone can use! Keep up the great work! I’ll keep sharing it with others!

    Chrissy Brannan, LMT
    College Station, TX.

  3. Brian Shelley says

    Hello Jonathan

    Finding your site has been a lifesaver for me. At the age of 65 I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia & Arthritis. All this I have been able to handle except for constant pain in my shoulders, neck, upper back & lower back which at times almost cripples me. At a get-together with friends a while ago a young friend of mine came up behind me & started massaging my shoulders & neck. She found all the trigger points in the area & gradually worked them away. I was stiff that night but next morning I was in heaven. All the pain had gone! I felt almost liberated. I started doing research on trigger points & finally came across your amazing site.
    You show & explain everything in such a way that is really easy to understand and follow. For a couple of months I was doing really well . Almost felt like a human being again. Last few weeks have been very hectic & I have slipped back to the way I was previously but fully intend getting back on track again. I just want to say how grateful I am for the free stuff that you have made available on your website that has allowed me to take steps in order to take care of myself.
    I am now on pension & have a very meagre income but I have a cousin in Upper Hutt near Wellington who has very kindly bought me a return ticket as a retirement gift so that I may visit them. I will be in New Zealand from May 3rd to June 10th, 2011 & I was wondering whether I could make an appointment to see you personally. If you are able to see me please advise what the fee would be. It would be great to thank you personally & to learn a bit more from you so that hopefully I might be able to enjoy an active pension.

    Regards

    Brian Shelley

  4. says

    Thank you for another great explanation of what I do when I massage my clients. They often ask me about trigger points, and you have helped me to be able to explain to them much easier now…thank you so much.

  5. says

    Being a Bowen therapist, I have just completed an additional nine days intense Bowen therapy training combining Trigger Point assessment with Bowen therapy and found the combination of the two has made treatments to clients so much more rewarding, with clients just astounded at the complete turnaround with just one treatment.
    Your Trigger Point mapping has made assessments so much easier.
    I look forward, along with my clients, to using your website more frequently.

  6. BRYAN says

    Hello Mr. Kuttner This is so amazing I took a chance with what you explained and I am pleased to tell you that it is a wonderful experience to try things Ithank you and look forward for more of your lessons. God Bless…

  7. Silvana says

    Hello, I’m a physiotherapy student from Brazil and tomorrow I have a test about trigger points. All your explanation and your free trigger point manual are helping me a lot!!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    Best Regards.

  8. Katrena says

    Dr. Kuttner, I have been having chronic pain in 2 places for years now. I’m in sales and drive alot. 2 different things have been happening, I have chronic right scapula trigger point pain and right leg pain. Your videos and information has been very helpful! I’ve had the scapula dull achy pain for about 9 years. I will try to change my posture with that. But, I am curious though now about my leg pain. It started on the side of my lower right driving leg at the top right trigger point near the knee. Now, it has traveled, the pain, up my thigh. Is that trigger point in my gluteus? Massage has seemed to help relieve the trigger point in my scapula muscles, but the chronic leg triggers, well, keeps coming back. Please advise. Thanks!

    Katrena

  9. yanie says

    Dear sir,
    I am a martial art taekwondo student.Lately, i am having pain at my back somewhere at the trapezins, rhomboideus, teres major muscles. This pain have been caring on for more than 6month. I did see the doctor but the pain is still there. Now i have to stop my taekwondo training as a fighter and can’t involve in any sparring championship due to the pain. I need your help and hope you can help me to cure it by Trigger Point Treatment.

  10. Wendy schweitzer says

    What do you suggest for cervicogenic headaches. I take flexeril and curamin. Please tell me they ll go away, I go to pt and am headache free for months at a time. Then I can’t understand why they come back, sometimes bad. Have a blushing disk and some kyphosis. Also 5 hr a day desk job. Help!!!!

  11. angela gisela says

    I’m so glad I found this site. I’m a massage therapist and the info here helps me with explanations to my clients. Thank you

  12. Greg Decker says

    Hi Dr. Kuttner,
    I really appreciate your information.
    I seem to have active trigger points all over my body and have been treating them as you advise. I haven’t been able to get rid of them but the therapy helps to keep the pain manageable.
    My question relate to statin drugs I was taking for high Cholesterol (Lipitor). I know one of the side effects is muscle pain and was wondering if there is any connection between this muscle pain from Statin drugs and trigger points.
    I have since stopped the statin drugs with the hopes that the muscle pain will dissipate.
    Thank you!

    • Jonathan says

      Hi Greg,

      Statin drugs are used for lowering cholesterol. At present they are the most effective group of medications for this. When they first came out there was a very rare and catastrophic side effect called Rhabdolmyolysis which is that the muscle literally liquifies. The waste products produced by this damage are so acute that they clog the kidneys and push the body into renal failure. This occurs rarely, but was obviously caused by the statins.

      However, what has become recognised since then is that this is just the end point of a continuum and that a much higher proportion of people taking statins have mild to significant muscle pains. Once you stopped the statin, it takes 4-6 weeks before you can assess how much of your pain was from the statin. It’s important to recognise that high cholesterol is one of the risk factors for heart disease and strokes, and therefore you need to do this under the supervision of your doctor.

      If your pains get significantly better, there are other options that you can take to keep your cholesterol down – however I believe the most significant thing you can do is change your diet to a heart healthy diet.

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