A team of physiotherapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists designed Trigger Point Courses. The courses cover all the aspects of the various therapies that focus on the treatment of trigger points – their causes and treatment methods.
The course includes video tutorials, an e-course with video presentations for each topic, a quiz to test your knowledge, and a certificate at the end of the course. Additionally, you’ll be able to ask any questions by posting them in our forums.
What are Trigger Points?
A trigger point is a susceptible spot in a tight band of muscle that is extremely painful to the touch. Referred pain from trigger points can cause pain in various body parts and lead to chronic regional Myofascial syndrome, headaches, and other chronic pain conditions.
Past injury, lack of use, and stretching can cause trigger points. Trigger points are hypersensitive to the touch because they contain many nerve endings that cause pain when compressed or irritated. Painful trigger points in your neck, shoulders, and lower back cause other areas such as your head, chest, stomach, and other regions to experience pain, even though they are not physiologically damaged.
Trigger points in athletes are the result of overuse or tightness. They can be a short-term problem, but they should not last eight weeks. Suppose an athlete has trigger points and these issues persist for more than 16 weeks. In that case, there may have been some injury to their muscles, which will need medical attention from a doctor specializing in muscle problems like sports medicine physicians.
Myofascial Trigger Points and Chronic Pain
The science of pain is an ongoing endeavor with considerable debate regarding the mechanisms involved in pain and how to measure it. While there are other possible causes for chronic musculoskeletal and joint pains, myofascial trigger points (or “muscle knots”) can cause any of these symptoms.
Myofascial Trigger Points, also known as “MTrPs,” are hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that can cause pain and dysfunction. A thin layer covering muscles, the myofascial system may send signals from muscle fibers to various locations, including tendons or nerve endings, resulting in sensations throughout the body.
In this condition, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in the muscle and sometimes in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. We call it referred pain. Repetitive motions used in jobs or hobbies or stress-related muscle tension may cause this condition.
Why are Trigger Points Important for Fitness Professionals? (Interview)
Rick Kaselj, MS