Myofascial trigger points are an extremely common cause of chronic pain in men and women, of all activity levels. The entire body is covered with layers of muscle and connective tissue, called fascia. When repeatedly stressed or injured, the muscles will sometimes form “trigger points,” or contracted knots in the connective tissue that cause pain and tightness. Not only are these trigger points painful when pressed on, but they also often exhibit a property called referred pain, causing discomfort in areas that are seemingly unconnected to the point of injury. For example, many patients who experience neck pain or chronic headaches find that their discomfort is actually caused by a trigger point in the shoulder (trapezius) muscle.
Although they can be caused by sudden injury or trauma, trigger points are more commonly the result of repetitive overuse. This may result from ongoing athletic practice, as is the case with golf or tennis elbow, or from common daily activities like typing or using a mouse. In either case, trigger points can cause symptoms like pain, stiffness, weakness, or even restricted movement.
At the Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our experienced chiropractors and massage therapists can use your medical history in combination with specialized diagnostic techniques to determine your specific trigger points so that they can be relieved. They will also work with you to find ways to change your posture or activities so that you can prevent those trigger points from returning.
To learn more about trigger point therapy and whether it can help you with pain management or athletic performance, schedule an appointment with Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™.