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...
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