The term trigger point was coined in 1942 by Dr. Janet Travell to describe a clinical finding with the following characteristics:
Pain related to a discrete, irritable point in skeletal muscle or fascia, not caused by acute local trauma, inflammation, degeneration, neoplasm, or infection.
Palpation of the trigger point reproduces the patient’s complaint of pain, and the pain radiates in a distribution typical of the specific muscle harboring the trigger point.
The pain cannot be explained by findings on neurological examination.
There are various ways to treat trigger points. To find the trigger point, I will palpate an area of concern and communicate with you (very important) and watch for a so called twitch response in the muscles. To then release the trigger point, I utilize localized pressure and release and tapotment. Triggerpoints may be stubborn and may need more than one treatment.