active myofascial triggerpoint [AMTP]


Active Myofascial Triggerpoint

  • A focus of hyperirritability in a muscle or its fascia that is symptomatic with respect to pain
  • It refers a pattern of pain at rest and/or on motion that is specific for the muscle
  • An active trigger point is always tender, pre­vents full lengthening of the muscle, weak­ens the muscle, usually refers pain on di­rect compression, mediates a local twitch response of muscle fibers when ade­quately stimulated, and often produces specific referred autonomic phenomena, generally in its pain reference zone
  • To be distinguished from a latent myofascial trigger point
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