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How does Trigger Point Therapy Work?
They may be small, but trigger points can cause a lot of pain.
Find out why and how trigger point massage can provide lasting relief.
You’re rubbing a sore muscle and suddenly flinch in pain. Ouch! Why does that one tiny spot hurt so much?
Chances are, you’ve developed a trigger point.
Trigger points and other myofascial pains are benign, but the pain they cause can be intense and debilitating. Luckily, trigger point massage is a simple, non-invasive way to release those tight spots and alleviate your pain. Let’s take a closer look at how trigger point massage works and what you can do to prevent trigger points from forming.
But first, let’s answer your most burning question, “What is a trigger point?”
What Is a Trigger Point?
To understand trigger points, we need to take a closer look at muscles.
Each of your muscles consists of bundles of muscle fibers, which are encased in a web of collagen called “fascia.” Fascia runs through and around every muscle in your body and acts as the “glue” that holds your muscle tissue together.
A trigger point is a small, tight area in the taut band of muscle fibers and fascia, which restricts blood flow to the area and causes pain. Also known as contraction knots, trigger points become so tight, in fact, that they can be felt underneath the skin. They are typically very sensitive, causing a severe amount of pain that seems out of proportion to the pressure being applied.
One unique feature of trigger points is that this pain is not always felt at the location of the trigger point, but instead it can be felt in a different area of the body, which is called referred pain. In some cases, you might not feel any pain. Rather, the muscle may feel tight, stiff, or have a reduced range of motion.
Trigger points can be either active or passive. Active trigger points cause pain during rest or when compressed. Passive, or latent, trigger points only cause pain as a response to compression.