Myofascial Trigger Point Demystified
What the heck are myofascial trigger points, what do they do, how do you get them, and what can you do about them?
What it is?
• Myo – Prefix denoting a relationship to muscle.
• Fascia – A sheet of connective tissue that connects every cell, tissue, and structure in the body. It is in and around every muscle, bone, organ, and nerve. This is the shiny white fiber you see when you pull the skin away from chicken. It supports, stabilizes, and cushions the body. It separates the vessels, organs, bones, and muscles.
• Trigger Point – Hyperirritable spots in the muscle that are associated with nodules in a taut band of muscle fiber.
What do they do?
• Cause Pain
• Restricted or Distorted ROM (range of motion)
• Muscle Weakness
• Mimic other Diagnosed Pain Syndromes (ex: carpal tunnel, sciatica, bursitis, headache)
How do you get them? (Short List)
• Direct Trauma
• Repetitive Motion
• Lack of Movement
• Other Trigger Points
Please make sure to receive treatments from a Board Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist. They can be found at http://www.myofascialtherapy.org/find-a-therapist/index.html
Avante has three myofascial triggerpoint therapists here to help you feel your best. Call to schedule an appointment today!