If you’re experiencing pain in your head, neck, or back and you can’t
identify its source, you may be suffering from a trigger point. Frequently
massage therapy, these areas of tightened muscle tissue can cause pain at the site, as
well as referred pain in other parts of the body. The primary cause of
trigger points is muscular overload. Keep reading to learn more.
Muscular overload can occur when an excessive physical load is put on a
muscle or when a high demand is placed on the neuromuscular mechanisms
which control the muscle. Types of muscular overload can be divided into
several subcategories, and some of the common ones include exertion, overuse,
postural, and muscle trauma overload.
This type of overload occurs when a particular muscle isn’t strong
enough to handle a movement asked of it. Exertion overload often results
when a person tries to brace themselves against the impact of a fall but
also occurs when individuals attempt to lift a load that is too heavy.
One of the most common causes of muscular overload, overuse overload occurs
when a muscle’s physical endurance is met and then exceeded during
a task. Common causes of this condition are repetitive, everyday tasks
like gardening, sweeping, typing, and sports activities.
Consistent poor posture can overload muscles by placing them in an overstretched
or over-shortened state for extended periods. Postural overload can be
neurological or mechanical in nature and manifest in two common types.
Degenerative postural overload occurs when disease or age leads to changes
in posture. Antalgic postural overloads develop when individuals hold
their body in a way to avoid pain from an injury.
Muscle Trauma Overload
Frequently the result of an automobile accident or a fall, muscle trauma
overload occurs when physical injury to a muscle activates a trigger point.
Manhattan Total Health offers a variety of treatment options to help improve
your health, including professional
physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy near New York, NY. To schedule a chiropractic care appointment with one
of our qualified health professionals, call us today at (888) 614-9257.