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Dr. Rick's Monthly Question

February 2002

Question:

What is a Trigger Point?

Answer:

A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot located within a taut band of skeletal muscle or its fascia that hurts when pressed and has distinctive patterns of referred pain. Try locating these points on yourself press the muscles of the shoulder girdle until you find them. Almost everybody will have a few. In other words, they are common. However, they are not normal or healthy. President John Kennedy's physician, Janet Travell, MD, wrote an entire book on the trigger points that occur throughout the muscles of the body. They can be treated with chiropractic adjustment, deep massage, stretches, and postural re-alignment.
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