WHERE DO TRIGGER POINTS COME FROM - sleep disorders, headaches, movement dysfunction (PART 3)

WHERE DO TRIGGER POINTS COME FROM - sleep disorders, headaches, movement dysfunction (PART 3)
ProFi Fitness, 01-02-2021

Earlier articles described all types of trigger points: active, latent, primary, and secondary. The other two groups of tigger points to be familiar with before working with your clients are satellite trigger points and those causing movement dysfunctions. Satellite trigger points may appear within the same muscle as the original (main) trigger point at any given time. It can usually be easily deactivated by finding and deactivating the original trigger point (main) in a given muscle. On a smaller scale satellite trigger points may be formed in other muscles connected with the projection area of the original trigger point (main).

The second group is the trigger points causing dysfunction of the movement system, as the name suggests their location in a given muscle causes a reduced range of mobility, which often leads to impairment of the eccentric and concentric work of the muscle. This can happen through excessive muscle stretching, immobilization, fatigue, or overload. This can cause a partial disruption of the movement function.




Another important element is the location of the trigger points, which are mainly located in the muscle belly but often also affect tendons and even ligaments.The common appearance of an active trigger point on the sacrotuberous ligament, which is an intermediate ligament that strengthens the sacroliac joint and is the only place of the attachment of gluteus maximus. It can be mistaken for sciatica, where pain passes from the gluteus maximus muscle through the back of the thigh all the way to the lower leg. Therefore, a particularly important thing in the diagnosis of trigger points is to find the cause of pain and locate a place of a trigger point formation.


Trigger points cause a huge amount of pain symptoms in the head and neck area. Trigger points are very often the reason for the appearance of:

  • toothache and hypersensitivity,
  • ear clogging, sinus pain,
  • runny nose,
  • neck stiffness

which is due to the formation of trigger points on the erector spinae as well as sore throat. The appearance of trigger points in the head has a huge impact on the quality of sleep, as well as migraines. Sleep disorders are caused by trigger points which are in the muscles of the jaw and neck. This ailment can be easily explained: the neck muscles that cause neck pain, in turn, lead to a headache, which is the cause of very often poor diagnosis and determining the cause of headache. To locate and cope with a headache, we need to take care of the three main muscles of the neck:

  • erector spinae
  • levator scapulae
  • Sternocleidomastoid 


Let's start with Sternocleidomastoid  which is located on the front and side of the neck and is visible and can be located by a touch. This muscle does not hurt under the ordinary touch. Pain in the muscle (MOS) ,however ,can suggest that there are  trigger points on it, which radiate and cause pain inside the eye,  tongue ache when swallowing and sinus pain.


The location of the trigger points in erector spinae most often occurs on the descending part leading to occiput pain, pains in the mandible area and temporal bone area. The formation of trigger points on in erector spinae can be caused by stress or low temperatures. The ideal recommendation in this case is a massage which will loosen it  and give a feeling of "mental relaxation". Such therapy is ideal for people who are struggling work stress a daily basis. The levator scapulae muscle causes a very similar pain as the erector spinae muscle of the back .In this case we can experience pain in the lower jaw area and eye area.
Working on trigger points located in the neck area has very positive results for every day life.


Each of us has trigger points, but the trick is to locate the cause of the pain and correct it.

I invite you to free webinar PFS® TRIGGER POINTS AND PAIN REDUCTION, where the topic of trigger points will be discussed.