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Trigger Points and Nutrition

One of the perpetuating factors in myofascial syndromes that is often underestimated, is the deficiency of some vitamins and minerals.

Often, in order to achieve a lasting remission of the problems related to trigger points, manual therapy alone is not sufficient, but one must eliminate all perpetuating factors as well. In this article I will focus on the very important category of perpetuating factors constituted by inadequate nutrition.

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.