What is the definition of Trigger Point?

Trigger Point: A hyper-irritable spot in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena ...

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Trigger Point

Related Terms

  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Referred pain
  • Referred tenderness
  • Motor dysfunction
  • Autonomic phenomena
  • Taut bands
  • Manual therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Static manual release


  • Nodule
  • Muscle knot
  • Acute point of hypercontractility

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  • Muscle Fiber Dysfunction and Trigger Points
  • Trigger Point Assessment (and Palpation)
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