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Trigger Point


Submitted By: leonardoquiropraxia


I want to know about your opinion for treatment of trigger points... What´s the best manipulation for it ?

Thank You


Hello Leonardo,

The concept of trigger points are well described in Janet Travell's text "Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual." This book was largely focused on the manipulation of trigger points with common massage techniques. Basically, the trigger points guide where you focus the massage.

From an acupuncture perspective, some points relate to the trigger points described by Travell. While her work was focused on massage, the trigger points can be manipulated with acupuncture with good results. Some of these techniques are described in a text by Mark Seem, "A New American Acupuncture: Acupuncture Osteopathy".

In general, the trigger point theory is less about using a specific technique and more about where to apply whatever technique you are using and for what reason. In my experience, massage, acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, etc. can all be equally effective.

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