Trigger Point Body Work – How To Identify Them


Trigger Point Body Work - How To Identify Them

Trigger Point Body Work – How To Identify Them

Trigger points are a common cause of pain and most people will have pain points and many people will have trigger points that are so severe that they are debilitating and ruin the quality of life for the person.  A trigger point is attached to a sensory nerve along to the spinal cord and straight back to the muscle cells.  They create complex patterns such as walking, sitting and millions of other motions and activities.  

Trigger Point Body Work – How To Identify Them

When this arc starts to malfunction the trigger points start to spasm which causes pain and discomfort. The muscle spindle starts to fire unnecessarily.   It is often a small area of spasm.  Inside the muscle is a trigger point complex which pulls a taut band in the muscle which feels like a guitar string in the muscle. You can see striations in the muscle.

When you see trigger points there is a contraction in and you can’t see the striations in the muscle which is a contraction  or a knot.  This contraction knot is a trigger point complex.  The trigger point sets off a pain pattern which is specific to each trigger point.

One example of this is the muscle that goes from the top of the muscle which goes to the top of the neck.  Pinch this area hard enough until you feel pain.  The pain usually goes upwards.  This is often the pain pattern you see.  The pain is often dull, achy.

Another common trigger point is in your gluteal muscle which can radiate down the leg.  Trigger points can cause pain in your face, gluts, chest, back or all over your body.  Trigger points are the basis of chronic muscle pain and they occur very commonly.   They are cause by a muscle reflex misfiring and they can be treated successfully.

Trigger Point Body Work Technique – How Do You Find Them

A trigger point is an area of low neurological activity when stimulated becomes an area of high neurological activity with or without a pain referral pattern.   You can find trigger points with the tips of the fingers.  If you close your eyes and and thumb and run the finger over the tips of your thumb you can become very sensitive to different sensations in the body.  If you touch very gently then it is not likely to be a trigger point.  If you lift the skin up and if you squeeze there and it hurts it can be something in the skin or the tissue but it’s not a trigger point.

You then want to feel the fascia which is a covering underneath the skin but over the muscles.  If there is not tenderness there then it’s not a trigger point.  The muscles fibers are underneath this layer.  You are feeling for a tight band within the muscle.  When you feel that band, you can become aware that there might be tender point or a thickening in the band and you might feel tenderness there.  Then you can start to focus in on this area like a radar.  As you press in firmly, you might feel something vague that is tender and there might be swelling.  All of those factors make it a trigger point.

Trigger Point Body Work – How Does Massage Therapy Help

You want start to work the trigger point therapy at area of insertion of the muscles.  It may or may not have a referral pattern.  When you find the spot as you start to palpate you might feel some intensity.  As you press down on this area, it might start to get more intense.  As you press down on it you should feel like the pain is getting less or it should feel like the pain is lessening.  If that is not happening then you should decrease the pressure on the points of the body.

Trigger Point Body Work – For Chronic Pain Relief

Trigger Point Therapy can be used for all kinds of chronic pain such as shoulder pain, headaches, neck pain as well as back pain.  You want to start to find the trigger points on the top of the head and press for about 10 seconds and check for intensity to lessen.  You want to check for tenderness and sensitivity.

How To Treat Neck Pain

 There are many causes for neck pain and a pinched nerve can cause massive discomfort.

How To Treat Neck PainCervicogenic Headaches

A headache that arises from the musculo-skeletal disorder of the cervical spine  (the

Neck Pain, Heachaches and TMJ

Neck Pain, Heachaches and TMJ

neck) is called a cervicogenic headache.   If you are diagnosed with this, then you are not alone.  This is estimated to be as high as 18% in the general population. In chronic pain suffers, 1 in 3 people are estimated to suffer from a headache that was from neck pain or cervicogenic in nature.  Cervicogenic headaches are said to account for 14% of all headache disorders.

How To Treat Neck Pain – Why It Cause Headaches

If you understand the anatomy of the skull, head and neck can explain the connection between headaches and neck pain.   The nerves that supply the upper neck also supply the jaw line, forehead, back of the eyes and ears.  Pain arising from the upper part of the neck might refer pain to the front of the head as well.

 How To Treat Neck Pain – Common Symptoms

Some of the symptoms can include: dizziness, decreased concentration, depression, inability to function normally, neck pain and stiffness, less mobility in the neck and insomnia.

Poor posture such as sitting at a computer all day long and having your posture be in the forward

How To Treat Neck PainProper Sleeping Positions 

When you sleep in the proper position that helps to correct cervical spine imbalances.  You put your knees in fetal position which relaxes the stomach muscles.  The vertebrae in the back open up which is the best way to sleep on your side.

When you sleep on your stomach, that compresses your internal organs and it stresses your lower back.  You need to be on your side or on your back.  When you use a specially designed cervical pillow that allows you to stabilize the neck area whether you are on your back or your side.

You can also put a rolled towel under the arch of your neck and then just start to tuck your chin back by retracting your head back into the towel. You can do chin tucks a few times in the morning and in the evening.

How To Treat Neck Pain – Exercises and Stretches

Another movement to do is to scapula movements called shoulder squeezes.   Most people that have neck pain have poor posture and their shoulders start to cave in since their shoulder muscles are weak. While you are sitting at your desk you can just squeeze your shoulders back together.  Make sure your shoulders don’t go up as you do this.  Keep your eyes level as you do this. Keep your shoulders down and then squeeze them back together.  If your shoulders come up you won’t get the maximum benefit of the pose. You can do this movement while you are at your desk to relieve pain and tightness in the neck.  You want to do this movement at least ten times a few times a day.

Another pose you can do is to find a corner that is open.  Facing the corner raise your arms like the arms of a cactus.  This will open up the upper quadrant of the body such as tight shoulders which often contribute to neck pain.