Definition: An area of bunched, knotted muscle which when pressed causes the ache, pain or symptom about which the person is complaining.
Cause: Accumulated injuries to the body (sometimes years ago), postural strains/bad posture, overwork/tiredness, wear and tear, mental stress, arthritis, disc disease, past surgery. (More than one is possible).
Treatment/Prevention: Specialised trigger point therapy (soft tissue) massage, stretching of tight muscles, mobilisation/adjustment of stiff joints, heat, flexibility and strength exercise program, postural awareness, relaxation and nutritional methods.
BACK ACHES & PAINS: TPs are one of the most common causes of bodily aches/pains.
ARTHRITIS & RHEUMATISM: TPs are responsible for much of the pain and stiffness - correct treatment can relieve this.
ACHY & RESTLESS LEGS: TPs in hip/buttock and low back often cause this.
COLDNESS OF LEGS or ARMS: often caused by neck/back TPs.
CONCENTRATION: Neck TPs impair circulation and short term memory due to decrease in brain blood flow.
BURNING feelings in neck and shoulders often contributed to by neck TPs.
BUTTOCK PAIN: caused by low back and hip TPs.
CRAMPS often caused by back/buttock/calf TPs.
HEADACHES & MIGRAINE often caused by neck TPs.
NECK PAIN: TPs are one of the most common causes.
PERIOD PAINS in the back and abdomen are often made worse by back TPs.
SLEEP: being TP free often helps you sleep better.
TINGLES & NUMBNESS: neck and back TPs can cause this in arms/hands/legs/feet.
TINNITUS: often contributed to by neck and jaw TPs.
TIRED FEET: contributed to by back/buttock and leg TPs.
TIREDNESS: often relieved by treatment of neck/back TPs.
VISUAL DISTURBANCES: often relieved by treatment of neck TPs.