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Reeves, RR., Ladner, EM. (2016) 'Abdominal Trigger Points and Psychological Function', J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2016 Feb;116(2):114-7.

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2016 Feb;116(2):114-7.

Abdominal Trigger Points and Psychological Function

Roy R Reeves, Mark E Ladner


Myofascial trigger points (TPs) are a poorly understood phenomenon involving the myofascial system and its related neural, lymphatic, and circulatory elements. Compression or massage of a TP causes localized pain and may cause referred pain and autonomic phenomena. The authors describe a 58-year-old woman who experienced precipitation of substantial psychological symptoms directly related to her treatment for a lower abdominal TP. Her symptoms resolved after 2 weeks of receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude manipulation and soft tissue massage. Particularly in the abdomen, TPs may be associated with psychological reactions as well as physical aspects of bodily function.

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