Myofascial trigger points are a major cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain. However their significant role in pain management wasn’t been identified for a long time. Low back pain may be related to trigger points in the abdominal muscles, while headaches can be related to trigger points in the neck muscles and facial muscles. The referred pain is a characteristic feature of myofascial trigger points. It forms the basis for its name “Trigger Point “, since it relates to one area triggering pain elsewhere.
There are several ways to treat trigger points. Manual Trigger Point Therapy, Dry Needling and the combination of these two techniques, have been shown to be highly effective. Here in perfecto physios we utilise both the techniques to treat trigger points.
Manual Trigger Point Therapy includes specific manipulations to the muscles, fascia and connective tissues. Dry Needling includes the use of sterile disposable acupuncture needles to improve circulation and blood flow to the affected muscle trigger point areas. This helps to promote healing and reduce pain. The more accurate the treatment is on the affected trigger point, the better the results.