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Are Trigger Points related to the acupoints of Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Since there is without doubt an analogy between trigger points and acupoints, and Janet Travell's preferred treatment method itself was that of transfixing the trigger points with the needle of a syringe of proper dimensions, the question naturally arises as to whether there is connection or identity between acupoints and trigger points.

However, we can immediately state that there is no perfect correspondence.

First of all, while myofascial trigger points are always contained in muscular tissue, acupoints can be localized also in different types of tissue.

The Pectoralis Minor

The Pectoralis Minor is one of those muscles that all too often are ignored during a massage session.


The Pectoralis Minor lies under the Pectoralis Major, but it differs from the latter both in regard to the direction of its fibers and in regard to the insertion points. Therefore, the function of the Pectoralis Minor is different from that of the Pectoralis Major.


The Scalenes

The Scalenes are among the most important muscles for the serious Trigger Point practitioner to know. They are not easy to understand and treat, but because of their importance, it is essential to become well acquainted with them.


The Scalene group consists of Anterior Scalene, Middle Scalene and Posterior Scalene. In a small number of individuals, a fourth Scalene is present called Scalenus Minimus.


Case Study: a successful treatment of the Snapping Hip Syndrome

This article will demonstrates the successful treatment of a case of extra-articular Snapping Hip.

First let's see the symptoms: the patient was a runner used to running long distances.

The person changed the type of training from medium-long distances to short distances and very fast interval training. After some weeks of this new workout routine, the person started experiencing as he ran a "click" or snap at the level of the left Greater Trochanter. In a short time, hip pain developed as well.