How Trigger Points Are Formed
The damage to muscle and connective tissue which results in trigger points can occur several ways. It can happen as the result of:
1. Repetitive overuse injuries (using the same body parts in the same way hundreds of times on a daily basis) from activities such as typing/mousing, handheld electronics, gardening, home improvement projects, work environments, etc.
2.Sustained loading as with heavy lifting, carrying babies, briefcases, boxes, wearing body armor or lifting bedridden patients.
3. Habitually poor posture due to our sedentary lifestyles, de-conditioning and poorly designed furniture
4. Muscle clenching and tensing due to mental/emotional stress.
5. Direct injury such as a blow, strain, break, twist or tear. Think car accidents, sports injuries, falling down stairs and the like.
6. Surprisingly, trigger points can even develop due to inactivity such as prolonged bed rest or sitting.