What are Muscular Trigger Points?

How do we treat Muscular Trigger Points (MTrP)? 

Trigger Points (MTrP) or muscle “knots” are sensitive spots in soft tissue, and too many of them is “myofascial pain syndrome.” They are usually described as micro-cramps, but the science is half-baked and their nature is controversial. Regardless, these sore spots are as common as pimples, often alarmingly fierce, and they seem to grow like weeds around injuries. They may be a major factor in back and neck pain, as a cause, a complication, or a bit of both.

A popular treatment for these trigger points is Dry Needling. This involves using a thin filiform needling to directly make contact with the tightened area of muscle fibres. The muscle fibres are thought to slowly release around the needling, leading to a reduced amount of pain felt and increased mobility and blood flow to the area, which helps aid the healing process. 

Over recent years, Dry Needling has been questioned on its reliability and effectiveness, the journal we have shown here proves that this treatment modality can be proven to cause short term pain relieve and improved functionality, while the long term affects are still unclear. This could be researched further by having a follow up appointment 3-6 months after the initial treatment has been carried out. 

*please click the picture to read the attached journal*

Dry Needling for Trigger Points