Are You Suffering From Trigger Point Pain?

Are You Suffering From Trigger Point Pain?

When it comes to treating joint and muscle pain, not all therapies work for all people and for all conditions and at all times.

You ARE a special snowflake!

Want to save time, money and the pain of unhelpful treatments?  Getting an accurate diagnosis as to what’s causing your pain will take you a long way 🙂 So let’s specifically chat about trigger points.

What makes this muscle pain different from all other muscle pains?

A trigger point is an area of hypertonic or tense muscle tissue. Usually the cause of these areas of tension is due to overuse or hyperactive musculature.  Think improper posture, trauma, or repetitive use.

Here’s the zinger (literally): trigger points are known to refer pain along a specific pattern to certain areas of the body. Sometimes these patterns may be far, far away from the trigger point’s origin.

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For example: trigger points in this particular neck muscle cause head, facial, and throat pain.  Surprising!

Could you be suffering from trigger point pain?

How would you know?

Here are some common scenarios I’ve seen in practice:

  1. Playing a game of ‘what’s causing your pain’ and a massage therapist presses on a tight spot in your muscle and it zings pain or electricity to another location (think: pressing on a muscle nodule in your upper trapezius…and bam!  Headaches re-created.)
  2. Visiting a doctor who diagnoses you with trigger points, then offers you injections (aka ‘make the pain shut up’ method.  Quick fix, no sustainable results.)
  3. Suffering from headaches, joint or muscle pain and you’ve ALREADY had treated without success.
  4. Working with a doctor/therapist who is trained in detecting, locating, and relieving these pesky bastards to give you sustained relief and a method of preventing them in the future.

I’m a fan of Option #4 for both short AND long term relief.

Trigger points are sometimes referred to as “knots” and can feel like a tense nodule within an otherwise soft muscle. The result of trigger points can also be pain, tenderness, stiffness, and/or decreased range of motion.  Releasing a trigger point can be accomplished via a few different therapeutic options:  1) steady compression of the point  2) using a cold application and stretching, 3) by a deeper, Eastern technique known as cupping, 4) acupuncture.

Utilizing relaxation and/or yoga with trigger point therapy has been associated with the most successful results and the shortest time frame. Some patients have seen a reduction of pain and an improvement in symptoms within their first visit but consistent treatment and care has been shown to be associated with the most successful results.

Would you believe THIS is a list of possible symptoms due to trigger points?  

Abdominal Cramps
Abdominal Pain
Anal Pain and Painful Bowel Movements
Anterior Ankle Pain
Anterior Knee Pain
Anterior Leg Pain
Anterior Thigh Pain
Anteromedial Knee Pain
Appendicitis-like Pains
Back of Arm Pain
Back of Head Pain
Back of Neck Pain
Back of Shoulder Pain
Bloating/Nausea/Abdominal cramps
Buckling Knee
Buttock Pain
Carpal Tunnel-like Pain in Wrist (watchband area)
Cheek Pain (like Sinusitis)
Difficulty Swallowing
Dizziness When Turning Head or Changing Field of View
Dorsal Finger Pain
Dorsal Forearm Pain
Dorsal Forefoot Pain
Dorsal Great Toe Pain
Dorsal Lesser Toe Pain
Dorsal Wrist & Hand Pain
Double/Blurry/Jumpy Print Vision
Drooling in Sleep
Dry Cough
Ear Pain
Earaches/Tinnitus (Ringing)/Itch
Elbow Pain
Feeling Continued Movement in Car After Stopping
Feeling Tilted When Cornering in Car
First Steps in the Morning Feel as if Walking on Nails
Front of Arm Pain
Front of Chest Pain
Front of Shoulder Pain
Frontal Headache
Groin Pain
Handwriting Difficulties
Headaches or Migraines
Heel Pain
Hypersensitive Nipples/Breast Pain
Iliosacral Pain
Impotence due to Nerve Entrapments
Irritable Bowel
Lateral Ankle Pain
Lateral Epicondylar Pain
Lateral Knee Pain
Lateral Leg Pain
Lateral Thigh & Hip Pain
Low Back Pain
Lower Abdominal Pain
Lumbar Pain
Medial Ankle Pain
Medial Epicondylar Pain
Medial Thigh Pain
Menstrual Problems, Pelvic Pain
Metatarsal Heel Pain
Mid-Thoracic Back Pain
Nausea & Vomiting
Numbness/Tingling on the Outer Thigh (Meralgia Paresthetica)
Painful Intercourse
Painful Weak Grip
Pelvic Pain
Plantar Great Toe Pain
Plantar Lesser Toe Pain
Plantar Midfoot Pain
Post Nasal Drip
Posterior Ankle Pain
Posterior Knee Pain
Posterior Leg (Calf) Pain
Problems Climbing Stairs
Problems Going Down Stairs
Problems Holding Arms Up (as when folding sheets)
Radial Forearm Pain
Rapid/Fluttery/Irregular Heartbeat/Heart Attack-like Pain
Reflux Esophagitis
Restless Leg Syndrome
Runny Nose
Sacral & Gluteal Pain
Shin Splint-Type Pain
Shortness of Breath/Stitch-in-the-side
Side of Chest Pain
Sore throat
Stiff Neck
Stress Incontinence or Anal/Genital/Perineal pain
Swollen Glands
Tearing/Reddening of Eye, Drooping of Eyelid
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Temple and Eyebrow Pain
Temporal Headache (Temples)
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Pain
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)
Thoracic Back Pain
Throat & Front of Neck Pain
Thumb & Radial Hand Pain
Thumb Pain and Tingling Numbness (Dysesthesia)
Tight Achilles Tendons
Traveling Nocturnal Sinus Stuffiness
Ulnar Forearm Pain
Upper and Lower Molar Tooth Pain (Toothache)
Upper Thoracic Back Pain
Upper/Lower Leg Cramps
Urinary Frequency, Urine Retention, “Kidney” Pain
Visual Perception Problems
Not sure if you are suffering from trigger point pain?  Let us help you!