What causes a trigger point?
A trigger point forms in fascial tissue affected by mechanical stress or overload, which may be due to acute trauma, poor posture, repetitive movement, over-training, or inadequate sleep. The affected tissue contracts (shortens) and blood flow can become restricted, leading to a metabolic backup; poor nutrient delivery and waste product build up within the tissue. The build up of waste forms a toxic glue that adheres to surrounding tissue causing joint and movement restrictions, neurological impingement, and pain.
Trigger points cause motor dysfunction, stiffness, and restricted range of motion; resulting in overload to the central nervous system. The neuromuscular system becomes stressed, causing weakness, fatigue, numbness, tingling, balance problems, headaches or migraines; chronic pain and injury; less efficient motor skill performance, and a long list of other symptoms.
There is also an emotional toll to chronic pain. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue often accompany chronicpain and affect one’s ability to cope in their daily life.
For a visual guide to trigger points check out The Trigger Point & Referred Pain Guide
“Among steps to improving care, healthcare providers should increasingly aim at tailoring pain care to each person’s experience and self-management of pain should be promoted.“ (Institute of Medicine)
Jesse James Retherford is a certified personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. For over 12 years, Jesse has been passionate about helping his clients reach their fitness and health goals.
Jesse specializes in chronic pain and injury management, movement assessment, corrective exercise, and advanced sports conditioning.
Jesse offers personalized programs designed to improve performance and efficiency, reduce chances of injury, and allow you to move pain free so you can re-engage fully with your life.
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