Trigger Point Definition

Trigger point is a sensitive area in the muscle or connective tissue (fascia) that becomes painful when compressed. Pressing on a trigger point can cause referred pain and can help identify the external area in the body generating the pain. On the other hand, trigger points can also be a point from which pain radiates throughout the muscle and fascia causing myofascial pain syndromes. Trigger point myotherapy targets these sensitive sites of the body to apply concentrated amounts of pressure to relieve muscle spasm. If pain does not respond to nonsurgical treatment, trigger point injections may be inserted into the specific trigger point to inactivate the point and alleviate myofascial pain.