The object is to eliminate pain and to reeducate the muscles into pain-free habits. For example, a pain in the ankle may be the result of a trigger point in the knee which is putting pressure on the nerves of the ankle as they travel up the leg. This helps the body to undergo soft tissue release, allowing for increased blood flow, a reduction in muscle spasm, and the break-up of scar tissue.
Mense s, simons dg, russell ij. Muscle pain: understanding its nature, diagnosis and treatment. So now you start to see why the evidence might be encouragingly non-negative.” before we give up on diagnosing trigger points by feel, let's ask a radar operator first. I had some chiropractic therapy that was similar to trigger point therapy for chronic pain, but didn't get the results I was hoping for.
Biology is vast and both muscle histology and pain science are still surprisingly primitive. Trigger Point Therapy As long as you aren't experiencing any negative reactions, you should massage any trigger point that seems to need it at least twice per day, and as much as a half dozen times per day. These patients commonly arrive with a long list of diagnostic procedures, none of which satisfactorily explained the cause of, or relieved, the patient's pain.
Unsurprisingly, the authors conclude that some diagnostic signs are more difficult to reliably detect than others, and some trigger points are harder to diagnose in some muscles than others. 10 so what seems to be muscle pain could be more akin to phantom limb pain, a ghostly projection, and not an issue in the tissue.” this possibility has the potential to explain quite a bit about the phenomenon of so-called trigger points.
2017 — summarized all the scientific evidence about whether or not massage is an effective treatment for trigger points. In the 1970s, bonnie prudden, a physical fitness and exercise therapist, found that applying sustained pressure to a trigger point also relieved pain. If trigger points are pressed too short a time, they may activate or remain active; if pressed too long or hard, they may be irritated or the muscle may be bruised, resulting in pain in the area treated.
Patients with lower back or buttock pain that radiates into the posterior or lateral leg are often referred to physical therapy with a diagnosis of sciatica. I suspect that we get trigger points as a relatively small price to pay for having high-functioning muscle tissue, an evolutionary compromise. And other kinds of treatments that target trigger points — especially dry needling, injections, and stretching — should be supported by promising evidence at least.