Trigger points can sometimes be very persistent and keep coming back, even after being successfully treated by a deep tissue massage, and the person’s original pain will kick in once again. If this is the case, then other perpetuating factors need to be looked at. Sometimes these factors are so important that just by removing them can allow the trigger point to deactivate on its own, thus removing the source of pain.

Some physical factors affecting trigger points can be postural stress, poor work habits, repetitive strain, congenital bone structure irregularities (such as shortened bones in arms,  legs or feet), and a lack of regular exercise. Other factors affecting trigger points can be emotional stress with the resulting posture change, excess alcohol, nicotine and caffeine, and chronic infections.

So it is worth taking a look at how you regularly sit or stand, as this may be affecting ongoing trigger points.  Do you cross your legs? Are your elbows unsupported for long periods of time? Do you keep your chin thrust forward? How are your feet placed on the ground? Does your car seat mean you have to sit down with your hips below your knee level?

Small adjustments to factors such as these can make a massive difference to eliminating myofascial pain problems.