Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy

What Are Myofascial Trigger Points?

Myofascial trigger points are knots in your fascia that are tender to the touch and can cause pain and other symptoms either where they are or referred to other parts of your body.

Most trigger points are found in the myo-fascia, that is the fascia that wraps around and through your muscles, although they can also be found in your tendons, ligaments and other areas of fascia.

Myofascial trigger points can form in any part of your body, varying in size from as tiny as a grain of sand to golf ball sized knots. Although they can feel tender when compressed, as they often also refer symptoms to other parts of the body which can be tracked in recognisable pain patterns. For example, trigger points in the neck and shoulder can be the source of pain in the forearm and wrist.

Everyone has myofascial trigger points in their body although many of them are not active most of the time, which means you don’t experience any symptoms. Myofascial trigger points can be activated by many causes such as accidents, surgery, over and underuse, posture and stress. For most of us, our myofascial trigger point symptoms are caused by some combination of these.

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What Are Myofascial Trigger Point Symptoms?

Even though the most common symptom is pain, myofascial trigger points often cause other symptoms such as muscle twitching and movement, changes in muscle strength, loss of balance and dizziness, tinnitus, blurred vision and disturbed sleep.

Myofascial trigger points are often overlooked medically as a cause of symptoms, which means they can be the cause of incorrect medical diagnoses.

How Does Trigger Point Therapy Help?

Trigger point therapy involves gently working directly on specific problem trigger points to release the muscle and other affected tissues and to interrupt the symptom patterns.

We have found trigger point therapy to be particularly effective when used together with myofascial release to work on the surrounding fascia and soft connective tissues.

How can I help myself?

You can work with your trigger points using our Myofascial (MFR) Kit which contains myofascial balls and trigger point balls. Find out more about our MFR Kit HERE.

And you can read more about self help for trigger points in our book Trigger Points: Use the Power of Touch to Live Life Pain-Free HERE.

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