Trigger Points: Why Trigger Points in modern Man fail to switch off
Biology of Trigger Points: Why Trigger Points in modern Man fail to switch off
Human beings present two extra challenges to the trigger point repair systems over
and above those that animal trigger points face:-
- Humans are highly adaptable creatures. They perform such a huge variety of movement
patterns and activities that it is impossible for genetically encoded repair mechanisms
to "know" how to provide the best solution for all situations. Animals on the other
hand have only a limited set of movement patterns and a predictable set of associated
tissue strengthening strategies for trigger points to modulate.
- Trigger points remain active following prolonged periods of holding a muscle in its
shortened position or of use of the muscle over just one small portion of its full range
of motion. Humans sit still for long periods engrossed in mental tasks, and therefore
fail to notice the physical need to stretch, and to move in appropriate ways. It
is stretching and movement that are the natural mechanisms for switching trigger point
activity off. If we humans stretched as often and as skilfully as do cats, we would
have a lot fewer chronically active trigger points and their associated patterns of myofascial pain.
- There may be an association between diabetes, insulin resistance syndrome and trigger
points. Certainly, the trigger point associated condition "frozen shoulder" is frequently diagnosed in
diabetics(10); it even has the alternative name "diabetic capsulitis".
(Note: From my observations as a veterinarian, I can state that animals do have
chronic trigger point induced pain, but it is not as common as in man).
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Biology of trigger points: why trigger points in modern man fail to switch off
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