Trigger Points: Why We Ache

Also called adhesions, trigger points are taut bands of muscle fibers or related connective tissue that are hyper-irritable and that may cause local pain or pain in a distant area called a referral zone. Perhaps they are better known as those “knots” or “golf balls” you feel in your shoulders, neck, lower back, and pretty much everywhere there’s a muscle that has had the opportunity to be overworked.

I haven’t been to the gym in a year, how could my muscles be overworked?

Less than perfect posture, staring at a computer screen for 8 hours a day, or craning your neck to peer through the windshield while driving, are just a few of the ways our neck and shoulder muscles become overused and develop “holding patterns” which can lead to the activation of trigger points.