Trigger points are painful nodules in the muscle. The thing that makes them special is that they can cause pain elsewhere from where the tender spot is. So today, what I’d like to go over is an area of pain that a lot of people suffer from because they sit too long, or just doing daily activities. A lot of people complain of having pain all along the top of their shoulder, even up the back of their neck, and down around the top of their shoulder blade. This whole area is a common area that people are sore and painful. Headaches coming around the side of your head, up over the top of your head, and even behind your eye are also common. These can all be caused from a trigger point.
Let’s talk about trigger points. You’ve got muscles that are basically like these rubber bands. You’ve got hundreds of thousands of fibers that stretch and come back together when a muscle shortens and stretches. A trigger point is a small nodule like a knot in a rubber band. Everything around it can move but the area where the knot is.
Trigger points are typically about the size of the pea, so they’re a small area. Sometimes, because of that knot, you can have a little tight band that runs either way from it. This is when you feel like a little rope underneath the muscle. This is not be confused with a cramp. A cramp is when the whole muscle tightens and spasms up. A trigger point is just a very small nodule, and it’s always going to be painful when pressed upon.
The other thing that distinguishes it is that if you press on that knot, it can send pain somewhere else. And this is where people get confused because they try to treat where the pain is going when this actual pain is coming from a different location.
Check out our YouTube page where I will demonstrate four different trigger points that are typically active when you have pain over the top of your shoulder, or are dealing with headaches, and I will show you how to treat these yourselves. If you have further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.com.Read More