When I read articles or hear people talk about fibromyalgia, I often see the terms tender points and trigger points used interchangeably. Sometimes even medical professionals will mix them up. The fact is, tender points and trigger points are two very different things. If you have fibromyalgia, you probably know that tender points are used in diagnosing FM. But then what are trigger points?
To learn what each is and how to differentiate between them, read: The Difference Between Tender Points and Trigger Points
Have you ever developed cramping in your hands and fingers from typing too much, or had pain in your calf muscles from wearing ill fitted shoes or overdoing? These are examples that could be the result of developing myofascial trigger points.
What Is a Myofascial Trigger Point?
A myofascial trigger point (TrP) is a self-sustaining irritable area in a taut/tight band of muscle fiber that is felt as a nodule or bump. The irritated spot causes shortening of the muscle involved interferes with movement causing pain and weakness.
MTrP = myofascial trigger point
TrP = trigger point
TrPs = trigger points (plural)
Muscles develop TrPs because of injury , surgery, poor posture, repetitive motion, chronic tension, muscle strain, disease , or other aggravating factors. They can also cause changes in balance, nausea, vision, hearing, heart palpitations, bowel and gonad related difficulties, urinary difficulties, and many other autonomic disr...
Try washing your hair, brushing your teeth or getting dressed without the use of one shoulder, it's darn near impossible to do anything without your shoulders. We use our shoulders all day long, 365 days per year. And over the years, the shoulders may not be feeling as comfortable or limber as they once did back in your younger days. Or maybe you are in your younger years but have been hard on your shoulders. Whether you are young or old, stiff painful shoulders make life's daily activities much more difficult to get done.
The most common reason to have a painful shoulder is tendonitis. The shoulder is a complex joint with a network of tendons called the rotator cuff . As all of the muscles in the shoulder work to pull, push, lift and reach, the tendons - which attach the shoulder muscles to the bones - can get very inflamed and painful. Sometimes the rotator cuff actually gets pinched between two bones, the acromion and the humerus. This condition is called shoulder impin...
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