Active and latent trigger point

trigger pointsI am sure you have noticed that there are some bumps that seem to appear in different parts of the body. Sometimes these small bumps are painful other times they are just bumps. Those bumps are called trigger points and they appear as a sort of the body’s defense mechanism so as to help it cope with stress and injuries.

Trigger points are small spots around the body that may be or not be painful. They are small bumps that appear around the body as a sort of response to helping the body cope with injuries and stress. There are typically two classifications of trigger points in this article we will be talking about active and latent trigger points. The active trigger points are those trigger points that when pressed appear to be painful upon touching them. The latent trigger points are those points that when pressed does not appear to be painful. Most of the time only the painful trigger points are noticed by the clients and when treated these trigger points may or may not help the client experience and improvement in movement and pain reduction. As a general rule trigger points may or may not be the cause of the problem sometimes they are just a result of the body trying to balance itself out so as to be able to optimally functional. One of the interesting things about trigger points is that the trigger point itself does not cause much discomfort  since trigger points are only painful when touched the thing is that it signifies that there are notable problems near the trigger points and that sometimes treating the trigger points themselves can cause some comfort in the affected areas. An example of this is that trigger points near the neck or the head can sometimes be an indication that there might be some tightness near the head area and might be the cause of some infrequent headaches. Most of the time problematic areas are followed by an active trigger point area. The thing about trigger points is that while all active trigger points are treatable not all trigger points should be treated. As I have said earlier sometimes the trigger point is a response of the body to correct itself as such randomly treating trigger points might be counter-productive and might cause an increase in symptoms as these might be the body’s response to balance itself out. As such while trigger points are one of the easiest things to treat and notice it would require a decent amount of clinical reasoning to determine which trigger points should be treated and which should be left alone.

As a general tip for finding trigger points a person is able to notice small topographic changes in the skin of the person if the hand pressure used by the operator is light enough as excessive pressure makes it difficult for the brain to register tactile feedback since it begins to analyze stuff with additional input which makes it harder to find trigger points. Also trigger points might sometimes appear as big spots but sometimes it is worth noting that these trigger points are not big points but these points are just buried a bit deeper than the other trigger points as such these big trigger points might need a bit more skill so as to be able to affect these deeper trigger points.

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