Understanding Trigger Points and Holding Patterns
Trigger Points and their role in Holding Patterns
A few years ago, I was stuck in an airplane for almost an hour, circling around Heathrow Airport in London, waiting for a “landing window.”
The captain informed us that we were in a holding pattern and should be landing shortly. I have thought a lot about this phrase ever since.
For me it neatly encapsulates the way I see a client when they present in the therapeutic setting.
Clients may come with acute or chronic symptoms, but, whatever the origin, the body’s myofascial framework adapts and changes in a protective “holding pattern.”
Over time the “normal” muscle functioning fails, often resulting in multiple trigger point formation.
The longer a problem persists, the more rigid these patterns may become. Chains of sarcomeres fail and chronic recalcitrant trigger points form.
Peripheral and central sensitization play a role in maintaining this holding pattern, but so does the adapted myofascial infrastructure.
It is important therefore to see trigger points in context: What is the body trying to achieve? Why has its tolerance/compensation broken down? Where and what is the central or core issue?
I encourage my students to think like detectives to find the “tissues that are causing the symptoms” and then reflect and observe how the body has adapted over time to compensate.
This requires a holistic view of the patient’s body, organs, bones, and supporting tissues, as well as their posture, nutrition, occupation, psychological state, and general wellbeing.
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