In our practice, we perform trigger and motor points needling as part of our acupuncture practice. We treat not only the areas of trigger and motor points but also associated points and meridians.
What is Trigger point (Tr.p.)?
Tr.p. is a hyperirritable portion of skeletal muscle associated with either palpable nodules and/or taut bands of muscle and fascia. These nodules, when compressed, produce pain referral in specific areas of the body that is reproducible and predictable. They can be found in tendons, ligaments, fascia, joint capsules, and periosteum.
How can the Tr.p. be treated?
One of the best ways to treat Tr.p. is the acupuncture method called »dry needling.« When needled, the Tr.p. will either produce fasciculation/twitch of the muscle or production of sensation often described as a dull, pressure sensation.
What is Motor point (MP)?
The motor point is found in the central aspect of the muscle where the motor nerve enters the muscle and has the greatest influence on electrical activity and the most significant impact on pain. MP treatment strengthens affected muscles and increases the range of motion.