Trigger points: the most common cause of pain
As readers will probably be aware musculoskeletal conditions such as back, neck and shoulder pain keep coming back. According to scientists (myofascial) trigger points are probably the most common cause of this pain. They are those lumps in muscles that shoot pain when masseurs press on them. As well as causing pain scientists have shown that these points have a host of secondary effects such as causing postural changes, "overuse injuries", muscle tears, joint problems, and even long term arthritic changes.
Overlooked and inadequately treated
Despite being so common, and having so many adverse affects, they do not show up in medical tests and cannot be treated by drugs or surgery. Because of this they are barely mentioned in medical journals, so your doctor may not even consider them. If they are considered, usually by other professionals, treatment is usually targeted at relieving their pain rather than eliminating the condition. The obvious problem with just treating the symptoms is that the pain keeps coming back, but importantly it means the trigger points continue to have their covert effects on posture, muscles and joints. Long term these effects lead to a host of secondary problems.
Being aware: the solution to the problem
We believe that the only way this situation will ever change is if you have a better understanding of the issues and consequences. That way you can ask better questions and seek more appropriate care. To help you do this this we've taken the information out of the scientific journals and put it into plain language and simple diagrams that are comprehensive, yet easy to understand.