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Fascia & Trigger Points

What Is 

Fascia?

“Fascia is a tough connective tissue which spreads throughout the body from head to toe in a three dimensional web without interruption. Trauma, posture or inflammation can cause a binding down of fascia resulting in an excessive pressure on nerves, muscles blood vessels, osseous structures and organs. Since many of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc., do not show the fascial restrictions, it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may have fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.”

 

 - Barnes Myofascial Release Approach

This will give you an idea of how some of the fascial lines run in the body:

*These pictures are from Tom Myers-Anatomy Trains

What are

Trigger Points?

Are you experiencing unexplainable pain?

An elusive muscle fiber, stuck in a contraction, can cause referral pain that can feel impossible to get rid of.

UNLESS you are aware of Trigger Points!

Active Trigger Points

"Always tender, prevents lengthening of the muscle, weakens the muscle, refers the patient-recognized pain direct compression, mediates a local twitch response of muscle fibers when adequately stimulated, and when compressed within the patients pain tolerance, produces referred motor phenomena and often phenomena, generally in its pain reference zone" (Travell J G, Simon D G 1999 Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, The Trigger Point Manual 2nd addition, Williams & Wilkens, Baltimore, p.1).

Below are a few examples of common trigger points, and the referral pain patterns. 

The red area is the referral pattern, where you would feel pain. The X is the spot you would press to release the pain pattern.

I have done 135 hours of Trigger Point training. I have many years of experience helping clients learn how to successfully identify and release their Trigger Points, using different release tools.

*These pictures are from Travell and Simon Trigger Point chart.