It is not unusual for people to seek treatment for muscle tightness and restriction of movement. An example of restriction would be trying to turn your head to look behind you and finding that you have to turn your entire body to accomplish that action. Even though pain is not a complaint, the restriction is frequently caused by the presence of trigger points.
Trigger points have two phases, active and latent. The active, painful phase of the trigger point is the one which produces the unrelenting, debilitating pain symptoms and which motivates people to seek relief. The active trigger point hurts when pressed and causes pain around it and into other areas of the body. The active trigger point referral symptom may feel like a dull ache, deep, pressing pain, burning or a sensation of numbness and fatigue. It can also cause sweating, tearing of eyes, goose bumps and dizziness. Trigger points can also lie quietly in muscles, sometimes for years. This type of trigger point is called latent. Unless you press on the latent trigger point and feel the tenderness, you probably do not know that it is there. Latent trigger points may persist for years after apparent recovery from injury.
Both Active and latent trigger points cause restricted movement, distorted muscle patterns and stiffness and weakness of the affected muscle. Leaving trigger points untreated will often result in more restriction of movement, tightness and pain.
Think you may have trigger points? For more information, call Christine at 402-228-8955 or visit www.triggerpointreleasetherapy.com