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     How to find Myofascial Trigger Points

 Most common locations for Trigger points

Very common sites in the neck and shoulders for myofascial trigger points.

How to find a Myofascial Trigger Point:

1. Use the tip of your fingers and palpate the the muscle fibers shown above.

2. When you feel a tender point that twitches, stings, burns or is much more sensitive than the surrounding tissue...you have found a trigger point.

3. Trigger points can cause pain, numbness, headaches and fatigue.

4. Conservative treatment for these very tender points is availble and effective.

5. Learn how to rid yourself of this very common ailment for good.

Definition of Myofascial Trigger Points:

Trigger points, also known as trigger sites or muscle knots, are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers.[1]

The trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Practitioners claim to have identified reliable referred pain patterns which associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere. There is variation in the methodology for diagnosis of trigger points and a dearth of theory to explain how they arise and why they produce specific patterns of referred pain.[2]

Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction.