trigger point

noun

Definition of trigger point

: a localized usually tender or painful area of the body and especially of a muscle that when stimulated gives rise to pain elsewhere in the body

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Recent Examples on the Web Mexico is participating in the cutbacks under a separate deal, and California has agreed to contribute water at a lower trigger point if the reservoir continues to fall. Ian James, azcentral, "Supercharged by climate change, ‘megadrought’ points to drier future in the West," 6 May 2020 This includes a basic foam roller, an adjustable rolling stick and a massage ball to get even deeper into the muscles and hit specific trigger points. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "How to use a foam roller to relieve neck, back and knee pain," 10 Mar. 2019 Imura said investigators asked whether trigger points could be massaged to relieve pain. USA Today, "San Jose State reinvestigates claims athletic trainer inappropriately touched swimmers," 17 Apr. 2020 The grooves in this roller are great for targeting trigger points and deep muscle tissue that’s been chronically tight. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "How to use a foam roller to relieve neck, back and knee pain," 10 Mar. 2019 Choose from six different attachments that accommodate your needs ranging from trigger point therapy to treating sensitive areas near bones. Popular Science, "Four handheld power massagers for athletes and desk workers," 6 Jan. 2020 With tension-type headaches, some people also experience increased muscle tension, so releasing the trigger points could help, Dr. Newman says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "12 Ways to Get Rid of a Headache Without Medicine," 23 May 2019

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First Known Use of trigger point

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trigger point was circa 1891

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11 May 2020

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“Trigger point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trigger%20point. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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trigger point

noun

Medical Definition of trigger point

: a localized usually tender or painful area of the body and especially of a muscle that when stimulated gives rise to pain elsewhere in the body A trigger point in the calf muscle can also cause discomfort or weakness in the heel or arch; a trigger point in the thigh may cause pain around the knee.Runner's World, February 1995

called also trigger area, trigger zone

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