Trigger points (also known as myofascial points) are hyper-irritable 'spots' (clinically, they are more like adhesions) inside your muscles.
We all have them all over our bodies, especially in the muscles that have been
but most of the time, they are dormant or latent. What happens in some cases, these dormant trigger points, due to certain conditions such as physical stress or exertion causes them to become activated and inflamed. These conditions include:
When they're activated, they can become:
Often people who are medium to high level athletes will often get these as from a medium to high level of intensity of their lifestyle and workout. It’s also very common in individuals who work with multiple display monitors as that would require the individual to keep tensing one’s neck and head movement.
Trigger point treatment includes managing the active and activated the tight knots, by locating the appropriate tender points in the muscles, applying direct mechanical and oscillating and sustained pressure until the tension or discomfort point subsides. This may often cause immediate pain and discomfort relief, improving muscle length, function and mobility – almost immediately.
For a more comprehensive management (and long term prevention), patients will benefit from a thorough physiotherapy and ergonomic assessment to understand what the main cause of your condition to happen in the first place.
Once our senior physiotherapists have identified the main core problem, we will provide more treatments in the form
Regular deep tissue release therapy will also help to manage and prevent this condition from coming back. See some of the advantages of sports massage here - when done regularly, your muscles and fascia will be in tip top condition for best and consistent performance (as well as lowered risks of muscle injuries).