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Oriental Sports Medicine

Where Chinese Medicine meets Sports Medicine!

What are Motor Points & Trigger Points?

A myofascial motor point is a place on the muscle where the electrical resistance is the lowest and where the motor nerve first activates your muscle. It’s usually near the belly of the muscle.
Myofascial trigger points, also known as trigger points, are described as hyperirritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers.
They are a topic of ongoing controversy, as there is limited data to inform a scientific understanding of the phenomenon. Nonetheless, the concept of trigger points provides a framework which may be used to help address certain musculoskeletal pain.

Low electrical resistance in a motor point or a trigger point means it’s highly reactive to electrical impulses so a stainless steel acupuncture needle can create an “action potential” and cause the nerve to fire and the muscle to twitch. This will usually “reset” a tight or shortened muscle which brings quick results for chronic pain, muscle imbalances and lost flexibility.

Once the muscle twitches, the needle can be removed immediately or it can be used for micro-current electrical stimulation for further release of the muscle and pain reduction if necessary.

At Point Balance Acupuncture, our practitioner is specially trained in myofascial motor point and trigger point release, including dry needling.


Myofascial release treats such issues as headaches, neck tightness & pain, shoulder pain and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, rib pain, unresolved knee pain, scacroilliac (SI) pain, hamstring tightness, carpal tunnel, trigger finger and multiple other musculoskeletal issues.

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