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Treating A Trigger Point

1.)

Start by assessing the area and

testing points for pain or tenderness


that refer to a different area.

2.)

Test multiple points asking Which


feels worse: A, B, or C? or 1, 2, 3

Once you have found a point,

compress on it to create a pain of 6 or 7.


Imagine you are trying to hold a wet noodle
between your thumb and their muscle, too
much pressure and it will slip away!
Maintain soft pressure!

If it refers to another part of the body


you have found a Trigger Point (TrP)!

ASSESS
TEST 3 POINTS
TRIGGER POINT (TrP)

COMPRESS
CONFIRM P LVL 5-7
SOFT PRESSURE

Repeat
Step 2 (x2)

4.)

if tolerable
Give them a reason to come back:

use Swedish circulatory techniques and


passive range-of-motion to improve
circulation and relaxation to the affected
area.
Perform assisted and active range-ofmotion
techniques
to
improve
proprioception, as well as tense-relax
stretches (PNF techniques).
Suggest a recurring visit within two
weeks of treatment.

SWEDISH
PNF
RETURN 2 WKS

3.)

Have the patient breathe throughout

the treatment while they try to consciously


relax the muscle you are treating.
They can move the muscle and then relax it
to get a better grasp of how to let loose the
deeper layers of tension.
Avoid holding a TrP for longer than 30
seconds without checking in for pressure and
pain level. If the patient can handle it, repeat
the process two more times.

PT. BREATHES
HOLD FOR 30 SEC.
REPEAT FROM STEP 2, 2X IF POSSIBLE