Trigger Point Treatment
Trigger points are areas of pain located either at or some distance from ("referred pain") the actual site of a soft tissue problem. Trigger points can develop when a muscle is damaged -- during birth, in sports, through accident, occupation, or as part of a disease. Excess strain on a trigger point can throw the associated muscle into spasm. Trigger point therapy - also called myotherapy - is therapeutic massage or stimulation of trigger points to "defuse" the points. It can be particularly effective in relieving bursitis and tendinitis, when the pain has been referred to those spots from elsewhere in the body, and in treating fibromyalgia and myofascial pain.