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Trigger points are the places in the body where muscles do not function properly because they have been damaged on the cellular level. Trigger points are treated to help relieve the pain and discomfort which is called trigger point therapy. Trigger point

Trigger points are places in the body where muscles do not function properly because they have been damaged on the cellular level. Trigger points are treated to help relieve the pain and discomfort which is called trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger point map shows the meridians running through the body and helping the therapist find out effected area.

Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are performed together. Research shows that sustained manual trigger point therapy is by far the most effective means of getting rid of chronic myofascial (muscle and tissue) pain.

Pressure Point Therapy and Trigger Point therapy are both alternative therapies to get cure from ailments. Trigger point therapy is not miraculous or a cure for all pain. But it’s also an amazingly under-rated therapy and self-treatment has good potential to quickly, cheaply and safely help many common pain problems that don’t respond well — or at all — to anything else.

There are a few more than 620 potential Trigger points possible in human muscles. These trigger points, when they become active or latent, show up in the same places in muscles in every person. That is, trigger point maps can be made that are accurate for everyone.

Trigger points are diagnosed by examining signs, symptoms, pain patterns and manual palpation. By referring to these charts, you can trace back the source of muscle pain to the exact trigger which causes it.

Why use trigger point map?

An Oriental body works trigger point chart(map) is used to map out the meridians that run through the body and to know where to apply steady pressure to stimulate different areas of the body. Most of the Oriental trigger point body works charts are actually points demonstrating points along various meridians in the body. So if you're using a chart, usually the points will be labeled and there's usually an area where you can refer to which area of the body the point is supposed to stimulate or help support or which symptoms that may be relieved using these points. And then the way to use the points - there's lots of different ways to address that

At home the most common way to stimulate the points is to just use some manual pressure, just holding onto the points for a good thirty to sixty seconds, sometimes even longer if you're having severe symptoms.

How to use trigger point map?

To find the areas of spasm in your muscle, you need to narrow down the search by area. Start by isolating the general areas of pain - for example your shoulder. Then use pain referral charts to generate a list of which triggers may be causing the pain.

Once you have list of possible muscle culprits, examine the muscle itself for triggers. You'll know that you've found an active point when you press on it - and it recreates your pain. At this point, it's a good idea to mark on your chart the exact location of the point. This way, you can get an accurate picture of which exact points are triggering your muscle spasms.

Can trigger point map be used for Self-treatment?

There are a number of ways to self-treat trigger points and these methods are described in numerous texts. Underlying any attempts at self-treatment should be a working knowledge of the area to be treated, especially with regard to the musculature, nerves, glands and vessels.

When a trigger point refers pain to another place, it's called a 'pain referral pattern.'

The following conditions are also frequently misdiagnosed as the cause of pain when trigger points are the true cause: carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendinitis, angina pectoris, and sciatic symptoms, along with many other pain problems.

Trigger Point Maps offers interactive maps. 

* Dr Jonathan Kuttner have been treating Trigger Points for over 23 years. He have put together a free 14 day email course for people who want to learn how to treat their trigger points themselves. Get the email course for free by submitting your email at the page: Treat Your Triggers

Useful links:

* Trigger point therapy basics

* Get information about the causes of muscle or myofascial pain in the Head, Neck, Shoulder, and Arm regions at Pain Clinic.org

Trigger Point Map

* How to Map Your Trigger Points

* Trigger points referral charts

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