We need to start with what a Trigger Point is:Also referred to as Myofacial Trigger Points, these are localized contractions within muscles that are highly reactive to palpation and typically refer pain or other sensations in known and predictable patterns.
As an example, I often encounter trigger points in the middle Trapezius. When I isolate the contraction between fingers and thumb and squeeze, I feel a localized contraction of adjacent muscle fibers and clients indicate pressure at base of the skull or headache like symptoms on the side of the head even toward the temple.
The way I explain this to clients sounds like this:
"A trigger point is a band of muscle stuck in contraction. The pain si…