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WHAT IS A MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINT?

WHAT IS A MYOFASCIAL TRIGGER POINT?

“Myofascial” is a term regarding both muscle and fascia.  In between our muscles and our skin is a layer of connective tissue called fascia.  The skin, fascia and muscles typically all move well together and as an organized unit.  However, just like muscles, fascia can become tight and lose its mobility.  When this happens, it puts excessive strain on the muscles and surrounding tissue.

  • A trigger point is a tight, painful, hypersensitive area in our muscles.

  • Latent trigger points are areas that are palpably tight, but only produce symptoms when provoked with pressure.

  • Active trigger points are areas that are palpably tight and produce pain without provocation.

  • It is believed that latent trigger points, progress to active trigger points.

  • A trigger point can cause pain or discomfort locally at the spot of the trigger point or referred to another area of the body due to excessive strain on the area.

  • Trigger points typically respond favorably to various myofascial release techniques which can be performed manually by your physical therapist.

  • Dry Needling is also offered at Rehab2Perform and have been proven to resolve trigger points.