Lateral Epicondylitis also Known as Tennis Elbow

Just below your elbow, the muscles in the back of your forearm converge into the common extensor tendon.

That point, can be aggravated by sports such as tennis, but also by computer use or extended time gripping a pen.

A similar condition exists for golfers called medial epicondylitis.

Often, tennis or golf elbow goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as carpel tunnel syndrome until the pain is significant.

Fortunately, the quickest path to relief in most cases is a qualified massage therapist who knows how to find and treat the trigger point causing the pain.


Common Trigger Point #12 — Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, and a whole host of upper arm and even upper chest complaints may be caused by small trigger points around and underneath the shoulder blade.

Not only can texters suffer from texter’s thumb, they can also develop pain in the shoulders because of the position of the hands while texting on a small device. A neuromuscular massage therapist can ease this pain.


Common Trigger Point #11 — Upper Back Pain

Pain in the upper back can be caused by a bunch of little trigger points scattered from the base of the neck, down the spine and out along the shoulder blades.

Anyone who drives a vehicle with a big wheel such as a truck, or people who do data entry can suffer from upper back pain due to injury to the muscles of the neck and shoulder.

Neuromuscular massage can ease the pain of these repetitive injuries.


Common Trigger Point #10 — Pain in the Upper Chest

The pectoral muscles can produce a trigger point causing pain much like a heart attack in both intensity and quality.

If you are ever in doubt whether you are having a heart attack, you should call 911 and be evaluated for that condition in a hospital where tests can show definitively whether or not your heart muscle is involved.

After having been cleared of a heart attack by qualified personnel, a next step should include determining whether a trigger point within the pectorus muscle is causing the pain. A qualified neuromuscular massage therapist can help determine if this is the cause of your pain.


Common Trigger Point #9 — Jaw Pain

The muscles you use to chew and to clench your jaw or grind your teeth often have a trigger point within the major muscles, but also within some of the minor muscles along the jaw or in the side of the face.

Relieving these trigger points can also relieve TMJ, toothaches and tinnitus.


Common Trigger Point #8 — Tennis Elbow and Wrist Pain

The trigger point lies just below the elbow at a place where most of the muscles on your forearm converge. When this area is tight, you could experience pain anywhere from the elbow to the hand.

Anyone who uses a keyboard, but particularly clerks who scan objects across a scanner, are susceptible to this injury. Fortunately, neuromuscular massage techniques can fix the problem and ease the pain.


Common Trigger Point #7 — Shin Splints

All along the shin, but particularly in the upper third of the shin, are trigger points that can be sensitive even to the touch. Once these muscles become overused, the pain of shin splints appears.

Runners and weekend athletes are the most common to suffer from shin splints. Having a qualified massage therapist address this trigger point can ease the pain, so you can get back to the game.


Common Trigger Point #6 — Low Back Pain

The spot between your lowest rib and your spine, where the thoracic vertebrae end and the lumbar vertebrae begin is a junction of large stabilizing muscles that can cause lower back pain.

Low back pain is one of the most common complaints about pain. The people who are most likely to be affected by low back pain are those who must lean over a bed or a surface for long periods of time while working such as nurses, respiratory therapists and cake decorators.

A qualified neuromuscular massage therapist can relieve the pain caused by leaning while working.


Common Trigger Point #5 — Leg or Knee Pain

The lateral part of the leg contains a dominant muscle group that can be responsible for stiffness and fatigue in the upper leg but can also be a cause of “runner’s knee.”

Other people who may experience problems with trigger point #5 are bicyclists and horseback riders. A neuromuscular massage can relieve the pain associated with trigger point #5.


Common Trigger Point #4 — Sciatica

Sciatica, often thought to be caused by a pinched nerve, is more often caused by a trigger point in the piriformis muscle.

In fact, pain in the lower back, buttocks, hips or pain that shoots down the leg, often is a result of tightness in two major muscles in the buttocks.

Anyone who sits for extended periods is susceptible to pain from trigger point #4 — cab or truck drivers, gamers, and people who work at computers. A qualified massage therapist can greatly relieve the pain from sciatica by addressing trigger point #4.