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Muscle therapy for trigger points in Lincoln

The term “myofascial” is the combination of two Latin words, ‘myo’ which means muscle and ‘fascia’ for connective tissue in and around the muscle.

Myofascial trigger points are hypersensitive areas which keep a portion of the muscle or surrounding soft tissues contracted. Trigger points can cause pain, tingling, burning, weakness and restricted motion.

In the 1950’s Dr. Janet Travell discovered when muscles are traumatized through accidents, sports, occupation or disease, myofascial trigger points (also called contraction knots) are formed in the muscles.

Dr. Travells’ research demonstrated that each muscle has a specific pattern of referred pain. This means, a myofascial trigger point is capable of producing pain (or triggering pain) in a predictable pattern; both where it is located and in another area of the body.

Could my pain be from trigger points?

Myofascial trigger points are frequently overlooked or misunderstood as a source of myofascial pain.

Studies have shown that as many as 93% of all pain patients seeking medical intervention for pain also had myofascial trigger points.

Myofascial pain can mimic the pain of many other medical conditions including chest pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, migraine headaches and many more. Thus it is frequently overlooked as a source of the pain causing the symptoms.

Once a trigger point is formed, it can be there for life unless properly treated. If left untreated, trigger points tend to cause the formation of more trigger points.
Pain associated with multiple trigger points is often referred to as “Myofascial Pain Syndrome”.

Indicators that trigger points are present:

  • Muscles are sensitive to pressure
  • Stiff or tight feeling
  • Headaches
  • Dull, aching, or burning pain in muscles
  • Pain going down the arm or leg
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Unpredictable, erratic symptoms
  • Heat eases the pain

Upper and Lower Pain Patterns

Scalene Trigger Point Pain Pattern
Trigger Points (X) in the Scalene muscles of the neck have a referral pain pattern that can mimic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. There are a total of six muscles that can mimic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain. The solid red indicates the essential pain pattern with spill over pain indicated by stippling.

Long Muscles of the Back Pain Pattern
Trigger Points (X) in the long muscles of the back (iliocostalis and longissimus) can refer pain into the mid to low back and buttock. Essential pain pattern is marked by solid red while spill over pain is stippled.

Trapezius Trigger Point Pain Pattern
Trapezius Trigger Points (X) often refer pain into the upper back, neck and head. Posture problems are often a perpetuating factor when trigger points in this muscle are present. The essential pain caused by this muscle is represented by solid red, spill over pain is indicated by stippling.

Vastus Lateralis Trigger Point Pain Pattern
Vastus Lateralis Trigger Points (X) can refer pain to the knee. Other Trigger Points in this muscle and the close by Fascia Lata can restrict patellar mobility or send a “bolt” of lightening pain that prevents sleeping on the affected side.

Pectoralis Major Trigger Point Pain Pattern
Pectoralis Major Trigger Points (X) referral pain into the chest and arm can mimic chest pain often associated with a heart attack. Solid red indicates the essential pain pattern while spill over pain is indicated by stippling.

Quadriceps Femoris Trigger Point Pain Pattern
Pain pattern referred from a common Trigger Point (X) in the Vasus Intermedius muscle. The solid red indicates the essential pain pattern many people experience, the spillover pain is indicated by the stippling.

Gluteus Minimus Trigger Point Pain Pattern
Trigger points (X) in the Gluteus Minimus can refer pain into the buttock and down the leg. Essential pain pattern is solid red while spillover areas of pain are stippled.

SCM Trigger Points in the Neck
SCM Trigger Points (X) in the neck refer pain to areas in the head that can mimic migraine headaches. The essential pain pattern is solid red while spillover pain is stippled.

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