When you experience recurring pain, the first thing on your mind is to find a fast, effective treatment. But if the source is not identified correctly, the pain may return. For many people, trigger points are the culprit. These sensitive spots are found in skeletal muscle and can result from repetitive motions or overuse that causes injury to the area, often manifesting as tender “knots” under the skin. How can you tell if your pain is caused by a trigger point? Here are a few signs to look for.
3 Indicators of Trigger Point Pain
1. The Pain Is Deep & Radiates
Pain that throbs deep in the muscle and feels widespread may be a symptom of myofascial pain syndrome, the result of trigger points. The ache may seem to radiate from a specific spot and always in the same direction, which is known as a referral pattern. It won’t go away without intervention, and using drugs for pain management only masks the symptoms. Proper treatment requires a muscle evaluation from a professional.
2. The Pain Is Accompanied by Muscle Weakness
Muscles that feel weak, unsteady, or restricted could also be a sign of a trigger. If the tightness doesn’t go away with movement or stretching, seek treatment from a physical or massage therapist. They can evaluate your symptoms and look for the cause of the issue. Knots can be worked out, resulting in a greater range of motion and strength.
3. You Have Erratic Symptoms
When pain is accompanied by tingling or numbness, ringing in the ears, redness, or sensitivity, you can be sure it’s not due simply to a pulled muscle or pinched nerve. A deeper issue is at play, namely, a trigger point.
Every person with myofascial pain syndrome will experience different symptoms. But if you’re experiencing pain with any of these characteristics, turn to Trigger Point Myotherapy in Lincoln, NE. Christine Beckman, CMTPT, is a certified therapist with extensive experience in trigger point release therapy. Her techniques can ease discomfort and headaches and provide you with the tools you need to prevent pain from coming back. To schedule an appointment, call (402) 228-8955, or visit the website to learn more.