Trigger points are hyperirritable knots or bands of tissue within skeletal muscle or fascia. Which often occur in tightly contracted muscle. This causes a reduction of the local blood supply leading to discomfort and pain. Trigger Points can complicate injuries and mimic other problems. As well as pain, trigger points may cause numbness, tingling, weakness, or a lack of a normal range of movement.
Application of sustained pressure directly over the area.
Onset of your pain, which typically subsides within about 40-60seconds of applying pressure giving immediate pain relief.
Stretching exercises to do at home and eventually strength & conditioning exercises, as rehabilitating this muscle is extremely important for long term resolution of your symptoms and to prevent a build up of more Trigger Points again
Your therapist can also use acupuncture needles to de-active the trigger points. This technique is called dry needling and has the same effect, but sometimes longer lasting.
Increased circulation & oxygen to the muscles
Reduced tension & improved muscle length
Improved muscle activation & function