A trigger point is a hyper-irritable spot that is painful. But it is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes "referred pain" in the tissues supplied by nerves. Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscle fibres, which is the most tender point of the muscle. The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena. Disturbance of motor functions caused by trigger points include spasm of other muscles, weakness of the muscle function, loss of coordination by the muscle, and decreased strength in the muscle.

Trigger Points

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