Massage, Bodywork, Health and Fitness

What is a Pressure Point

What causes muscle pain?

There are tender points around the body that we all have (some of us have more then others) they are called trigger points, acupressure points, pressure points and energy blockages depending on the system you are using.

Pressure points are tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked, commonly a cause of most joint pain, they are know to cause headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and a host of other problems from insomnia to constipation.

I find with clients when we get the proper trigger points to release that the corresponding muscle relaxes and the pain subsides. I have been told by acupuncturists that when I palpate and find the tiny knot of muscle that I have found a point used in acupuncture.

Wikipedia states that…

Trigger points, also known as trigger sites or muscle knots, are described as hyperirritable spots in  skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Trigger point practitioners believe that palpable nodules are small contraction knots and a common cause of pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction.

The trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas,… to read more.

Sometimes working out the pressure points or trigger points in the muscles is not the most comfortable experience but I have found it to be the most effective way to get the muscles to release and relief from pain.


1 Comment

  1. Malik Joneson

    Muscle spasm results from inflammation that occurs when a muscle is overstretched or torn.`

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