A trigger point is a muscle knot of muscle fibers in a constant state of contraction. Normal muscle contraction acts like a pump to cycle in blood through capillaries that bring in new blood and flush out toxins. With a trigger point the contractions is sustained therefore new blood cannot cycle in and the muscle begins to go into oxygen starvation and toxins and waist build up within the muscle. The body responds to this event with pain signals.
Trigger points can cause headaches, back pain, and other joint pains; knees, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. In many joint pain scenarios the trigger point pain is mistaken for other conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. They can also cause symptoms such as heartburn, genital pain, dizziness, nausea, even numbness and tingling into the feet and hands. Fibromyalgia has been shown in research to potentially have its beginning with trigger points.
Trigger points are easily found and released through a process of trigger point therapy. This technique is call myofascial release. This is the safest and most natural way to treat trigger points. Typical treatment will eliminate trigger points within three to ten days and chronic cases can be improved in as little as six weeks.