Scientists may not know what causes trigger points or even exactly what they are, but one thing everyone can agree on is that trigger points hurt, and the solution is often trigger point massage.
Sometimes called myofascial trigger points, these small, sensitive areas are usually about the size of a penny but the zing they give to your muscles when you press on one feels a whole lot bigger. The pain may stay local right beneath the trigger point, or you may feel it elsewhere. For example, trigger points in the neck may hurt only on site, or they may refer pain up into the head, or down into the low back. They may even hurt in multiple places simultaneously.
Trigger points are not equal opportunity trouble-makers. They target certain areas of the body, the back in particular. Trigger points in the lower back, hips, shoulders and neck are the most common sites and, unsurprisingly, they are frequently the culprit of back and neck pain.
Trigger points are one of the key symptoms of fibromyalgia and people with fibromyalgia frequently experience trigger points in the same places on the body. In fact, trigger points are one of the diagnostic tests used to determine if a person has fibromyalgia, but trigger points can spring up due to many other reasons as well. Poor posture, overuse, injury, trauma and surgery are all potential sources of the problem. Trigger points can also sometimes mimic other issues, such as headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and arthritis.
Because trigger points can refer pain to other areas, rubbing the sore spot yourself may not help, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with back or neck pain. Myofascial release and trigger point massage are special types of bodywork that are particularly effective in relieving trigger points. By releasing the connective tissue (aka fascia) that surrounds the muscle, the trigger points can be disarmed.
Trigger point massage can alleviate or completely eliminate the knots in your muscles that are causing your pain. It is possible to feel a significant or total release of restricted muscles right away, and your pain may even disappear after a single treatment. Regular treatments can help manage stress and pain from chronic problems, including old injuries. The neuromuscular massage therapists and bodyworkers at the Back and Neck Relief Center are professionally trained in the technique of trigger point massage and myofascial release. We’re here to help.
The Back & Neck Relief Center (Massage Revolution)
500 S. Sepulveda Blvd Suite 101
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266