What Are Trigger Points?
According to Doctors Janet Travell and David Simons in their widely acclaimed medical textbook, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, myofascial trigger points are tiny contraction knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked.
Referred pain is felt most often as an oppressive deep ache, although movement can sharpen the pain. Referred myofascial pain can be as intense and intolerable as pain from any other cause, including surgery. Myofascial pain can do a very good job of mimicking a heart attack.
Pioneers in Myofascial pain treatment
Janet Travell trained as a cardiologist and pharmacologist in a time when few women were accepted into medical school. A journey with her own shoulder pain led her to explore myofascial pain treatment with her heart patients in New York City. Among those who study myofascial pain, Janet Travell is generally recognized as the leading pioneer in diagnosis and treatment. It was not a solo performance, of course. True innovation is seldom the product of a single mind. It’s more often a matter of recombining bits and pieces of previous knowledge to solve a new problem.
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