What is a muscle knot, why does it happen and what you can do to relieve it
Updated: Mar 6
What is a Trigger Point?
Myofascial trigger point (MTrP) is known as a hyperirritable nodule inside a skeletal muscle taut band (Travell and Simon’s, 1999). When applying pressure to MTrPs, pain or tenderness is generally reproduced. These Myofascial trigger points can form with both acute and chronic type pain conditions.
Cause of Myofascial trigger points:
Although the pathophysiology and pathogenesis of MTrPs and their role remains unclear. Data propose that the soft tissue around the MTrP can be triggered from neurogenic irritation, sensitization, and imbalances of the limbic system. These may all play a role in starting, amplifying and continuance of a Myofascial Trigger Point. Other theories suggest MTrPs are from permanent muscle contraction. This can create an ischaemic (restriction of blood flow) resulting in muscle pain.
How to treat Trigger Points?
Several methods of treatment include acupuncture or dry needling, trigger point massage (also known as remedial), and take-home tools/devices such as Foam rollers and Percussion guns, that claim to help. We are experts in the field in helping relieve MTrPs here at Sprains, Strains and Chronic Pains. Call us now on 0405 191 684 or book online.