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Trigger point pressure

Acupressure treatment is a complete therapeutic approach that helps relieve pain, restore function, induce relaxation and achieve excellent health.

A muscle fascia Trigger Point is a hypersensitive point on a skeletal muscle located in the muscle tissue or associated fascia. It is painful under pressure and can cause a characteristic pain sensation and symptoms related to autonomic nervous system functions.

Types of trigger points
There are three types of trigger points causing muscle pain:

● Active (basic), the presence of which causes pain, restriction of movement, pain during pressure or after stretching of the muscle.

● Satellite trigger points, which can be created around an active trigger point and are not so painful. They disappear after the basic-active trigger point has been successfully treated.

● Latent trigger points, where some active trigger points may develop, resulting in joint movement restriction and muscle spasm, while sometimes they also cause pain. When does this happen? When a musculoskeletal problem (e.g. cervical stiffness) is treated with medication, conventional physiotherapy and rest, the patient initially shows improvement but after a short while the symptoms re-emerge, because the possible trigger points were not identified and subsequently deactivated during the treatment.

The pain path may not always be related to the span of the muscle.

Trigger poing
Dretoid headache - Toothache
View of pain in the ears. eyes, forehead and head (occipital)
  • Due to sudden overload.
  • Due to overuse strain (long-term incorrect posture - stress).
  • From direct trauma.
  • Due to low temperatures.
  • Indirect activation from arthritic joints, visceral damage and psychosomatic exhaustion.
  • Immediate and improved function of the muscles and joints following ischemic pressure in specific parts of the muscle for 10 to 45 seconds.
  • Application of stretching techniques after the completion of each pressure round; application of ice on the area and stretching of the muscle to regain its lost elasticity.
  • Freeze Spray application disrupts the pain-contraction reflex arc and so we immediately achieve an increase in range of motion (R.O.M; measurement is done in degrees).
  • Dry needling. Physiotherapists insert a sterile, thin and flexible, disposable needle into a trigger point, manipulating it manually to achieve faster muscle relaxation.
  • Headaches
  • Lumbago
  • Sciatica
  • Cervical spine syndrome
  • Shoulder periarthritis
  • Tendinopathy
  • Limited mobility
  • Frozen shoulder syndrome (stiffness of the shoulder and scapula) etc.