Trigger Point
Symptoms & Causes

Here’s just some of the symptoms that can be caused by active trigger points

Arrhythmia, Arm Pain, Bladder Control, Bowel (including IBS), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ED, Fibromyalgia, Genital Pain, Headache (includes cluster and cervicogenic headaches), Heartburn/GERD, Painful Intercourse, Levator Ani Syndrome, Lower Back Pain, Migraine, Menstruation (i.e. dysmenorrhea), Rectal Pain, Sciatica, Shoulder Joint Symptoms, Sciatica, TMJ Dysfunction, Vertigo/Dizziness.


Relevance to trigger point treatments: Many symptoms that seem to baffle medical professionals have a myofascial (muscular) source.

Muscle is an orphan organ. No medical specialty claims it. As a consequence, no medical specialty is concerned with promoting funded research into muscular causes of pain, and medical students and physical therapists rarely receive adequate primary training in how to recognize and treat myofascial trigger points.

Dr. David G. Simons M.D.
Co-author: Travell and Simons;
Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, The Trigger Point Manual