Trigger points are sensitive areas within muscle or connective tissue (fascia) that become painful when touched or overworked, and they can sometimes refer pain to other parts of the body. There could be various possible causes for a trigger point, such as repetitive overuse, an acute injury, or irritation of facet joints in the spine, just to name a few.
It is believed that trigger point pain results from nodules (tight ‘knots’) that develop in otherwise smooth muscle. Exercises that reduce and disrupt such pain-causing nodules are used for treating these types of trigger points.
For the relief of some types of trigger point pain, Southwest Physical Therapy recommends the following two exercises:
You can also use a racquetball to self-massage shoulder blade trigger points too.
Some of the trigger point pain that often accompanies neck pain can be worked out using a full-length, 6-inch diameter foam roll.
The verdict is still out on a consensus in medical literature regarding what constitutes a trigger point and how they develop, because all of that is still being studied. However, most definitions do tend to describe a trigger point as consisting of the following:
By incorporating exercises that target their specific trigger points, such as those shared above by Southwest Physical Therapy for the neck and back, many people have found relief from trigger point pain. Southwest Physical Therapy has successful treatment programs for relieving every kind of pain and limited mobility. Visit us in Brooklyn, NYC.