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Treating trigger points is a fascinating process. Firstly, you need to know how to locate the triggers. This can sometimes be difficult, as triggers can refer pain.

This means that the pain you feel may be caused by a trigger point somewhere else in your body. To successfully locate trigger points, you need to understand the pain pathways that trigger points and nerves typically refer down.

The most in depth resource for this is Janet Travell and David Simon’s work: Myofascial Pain And Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. Janet Travell was the physician to President Kennedy, and contributed hugely to the study and formalised knowledge of trigger points.

Every muscle in the body is capable of having triggers, and they all have typical pain patterns. Some triggers refer pain quite locally, while others, for example those in your shoulder, can refer pain right down to your fingers.

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