The Back and Body Clinic | Specialist Physiotherapy Northampton

What are Myofascial Trigger Points?

Trigger points are defined as hypersensitive spots found in taut bands of skeletal muscle fibres or in the muscle fascia that are painful on compression. shutterstock_48308794

  • Causes of a myofascial trigger point include:
  • Poor posture
  • Poor biomechanics
  • Acute physical trauma
  • Over-training
  • Inadequate rest

Treating Myofascial Trigger points:

  • Ischemic Pressure involves sustaining varying amounts of pressure on a trigger point in an attempt to block the oxygen and thus the energy source to the area of increased contraction.
  • Dry Needling has also been demonstrated to produce immediate increases in range of movement and decreased pain in individuals complaining of myofascial related pain.
  • Heat Therapy can help to relax muscle tension and can work effectively before or/and after physiotherapy treatment to compliment the treatment.
  • Self release techniques are taught, with the use of foam rollers and release balls, helping patients to maintain healthy fascia and reducing pain.
  • Postural awareness is also vital in both the management and prevention of developing myofascial pain.