Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are Trigger Points?

A: Trigger points are areas of hypersensitivity in a muscle caused by overstrain. These are small areas of the muscles in which there is contracture of muscular tissue (think of a tiny snag in a knot sweater).

Blood and nutrients are lacking in that part of the muscle and therefore the muscle spindle is unable to relax. Trigger points cause pain fatigue and weakness in the muscle. Trigger points also cause a phenomenon called referral pain.

Q: What is referral pain?

A: Referral pain is caused by trigger points and is a phenomenon in which areas far from the trigger point suffer from sensations of pain, tingling or numbness.

Examples of referral pain include sciatica like symptoms, carpal tunnel like symptoms, and headaches.

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