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January 9, 2009

What's The Point?

Massage Magazine sends me this nifty e-newsletters that always have at least one informative article in them. This month's issue includes an in-depth pair of articles about the difference between trigger points and acupoints.

Briefly, trigger points are areas of hyper-irritable tissue within muscles, usually along lines of stress or tightness. The result of trigger points includes pain, muscle weakness, reduced range of motion, and referred areas or satellite points away from the original trigger point that affect functionality of the muscle.

Conversely, acupoints are related to traditional Chinese medicine and represent stations along energy meridians. These stations can assess the overall quality or health of the individual and their organ systems. Qualities such as fullness or congestion, emptiness, heat or cold can give the practitioner information about the health of the organ systems and balancing of these characteristics can have far reaching health benefits.

Interestingly, there are a few select places on the body where acupoints and trigger points share real estate. However, the intention of the practitioner and their desired outcome determines how those points are used.

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