Trigger point therapy is a technique that treats “trigger points” found within muscles. A “trigger point” is described as a hyperirritable, dime-sized area of fibers that crisscross in skeletal muscles. These crisscrossed fibers are palpable nodules in tight/taut bands of muscle fibers that can cause pain, which frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to larger, broader areas, sometimes much further from where the trigger point originated.
There are more than 620 potential trigger points possible in human muscles. As these trigger points become active, they can show up in the same places in muscles in every person. This means that trigger point maps can be identified for each individual and the problems they may have.
Compression of a trigger point for more than seven seconds may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, and/or a local twitch response, but the longer the compression is administered, the faster the trigger point will resolve and the pain will begin to dissipate.
From the mouths of most of our patients, “it’s a good hurt!”