Why do I feel pain in my back when you press on my neck?

by admin on October 28, 2013

What is a trigger point?

Were you ever getting a massage when the therapist zoned in on a place in your neck and you suddenly felt pain in your head, shoulder blade or even your toe? The response I usually get when this occurs is “What is that!?” or “That didn’t hurt until you started poking at it!” This is what’s known as a trigger point.


Trigger points in a muscle can be identified by factors such as a tight muscle that feels like a band, spot tenderness when pressure is applied. There may also be restricted range of motion or muscle weakness. A trigger point may produce many different types of sensations including pain, numbness, tingling, burning or itching.


In NeuroMuscular Therapy, as taught by the International Academy of NeuroMuscular Therapies, there are several different types and locations of trigger points. Trigger points can develop either in the belly of a muscle or at the attachments. They can also form in ligaments, skin and fascia. They will refer pain to a target area and can develop satellite trigger points within that target area.

An active trigger point will produce a pain pattern that the client recognizes whereas a latent trigger point will produce pain that is not normally experienced. A client will often say “That’s where my headaches come from.” when an active trigger point is stimulated.

A trigger point can become activated during daily activities such as repetitive motion, muscle fatigue, shallow breathing and poor posture. They are also formed when there is trauma to the tissue from an accident or injury. They can be the culprit of pain radiating from the neck and shoulders into the wrists and forearms. They can cause stabbing pain behind the shoulder blades and low back pain going down into the legs.

trigger points

NeuroMuscular Therapy effectively relieves trigger points through the use of friction to increase blood flow and gliding strokes to elongate the tissue. While the process can be intense due to the sensitivity of the trigger point, the pain level should not be excruciating. It is commonly referred to as a pain/pleasure experience. Relieving trigger points with NeuroMuscular Therapy will help to repair the damaged tissue, restore your body’s natural balance and allow you to finally be free of pain.




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