According to American medical literature, trigger points are often very persistent ‘knots’ within a taut band of shortened muscle tissue.
- cause pain when pressed
- cause sensations in distant areas (tingling, numbness of body areas, pain, burning)
- are recognised by the patient as ‘their’ pain or symptom if pressed.
In this case, too, the therapist turns a chronic state into an inflammatory process, allowing the body to activate the metabolism and circulation to regenerate cells. This reaction lasts up to two days and feels like the muscles are sore or aching.