Understanding what causes trigger points is the first step to turning them off. The short movie below explains one of the most common causes of muscle pain: myofascial trigger points.
Most people have them, most people don’t know what they are or how to treat them. Watch the video to learn what is a trigger point, and how they work.
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Trigger points are a common cause of pain in people. Most people will have trigger point pain at some stage in their life andsome will suffer long term.
Trigger point pain can be quite severe and incapacitating, so it’s important to know what they are, and how to treat them.
The basis of trigger points is a reflex arc. In parallel to a normal muscle cell is a muscle spindle fiber. There are millions of them scattered throughout the body – nerves created in a spiral. They send messages along the sensory nerve to the spinal cord.
The muscle spindle sends a message in a loop to the muscle cells. It’s a quick, simple reflex arc, there are millions of these scattered throughout your body, and they support you doing all the amazingly complex things like sitting, standing and walking.
The problem occurs when this little arc starts malfunctioning. This is when it sets up a trigger point. The spindle starts firing and the muscle develops a small area of spasm.
This small area of spasm inside the muscle is a trigger point complex. This complex pulls a tight band within the muscle.
Within this tight band is the trigger point. This trigger then sets off a pain pattern which is specific to each particular point.
There are examples all over your body. Trigger points may cause pain in your face, in your head, in your neck, in your back, in your abdomen, in your chest, buttocks, and down your legs.
In other words you may have pains arising from trigger points anywhere in your body. In summary, trigger points are the basis of chronic muscle pain. They are caused by a muscle reflex which misfires. They can be treated successfully, particularly when you uncover the underlying cause of the trigger point.