Are Shin Splints Caused by Trigger Points?

Many people ask whether shin splints are caused by trigger points. This may be because the leading book on trigger point self-treatment implies that shin splints are associated with trigger points. They are not, however, according to the leading authorities, Travell and Simmons. Before I explain about shin splints and trigger points, let’s discuss what … Read more

Bruxism: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

By Noshir R. Mehta 1Noshir R. Mehta. Bruxism: Tooth Grinding and Clenching [Internet]. Version 16. Knol. 2008 Jul 23. Available from: (Original no longer available, published under here under a Creative Commons License Professor and Chairman of General Dentistry and Director of the Craniofacial Pain Center Tufts Dental School, Boston MA What is Bruxism? … Read more

Brachialis Trigger Points and Referred Pain Patterns

Before reading about trigger points and pain from the brachialis muscle, you may want to find out more basic information about the muscle. As a primary elbow flexor along with the familiar biceps, the brachialis can be overworked by the same types of activities that overwork the biceps brachii, and perhaps even more so. Brachialis … Read more

Brachialis Muscle: Location and Actions

The brachialis muscle is located on the front part of the upper arm, nearest the elbow. Along with the biceps brachii and the brachioradialis, it is one of the primary flexors of the elbow. It gets its name from the Greek words brachialis and brachion, pertaining to the (upper) arm. It is important not to confuse these words with the Greek brachy which … Read more

What is Crepitus?

Crepitus, which is sometimes called crepitation, is when repeated crackling sensations or sounds come from a joint or tissue that can be associated with a fracture, swelling, or inflammation. These are palpable, and sometimes audible, crunching, grinding, creaking, grating or other rough sensations or sounds produced by joint movements, which can often be felt by a … Read more

Snapping Scapula Syndrome Exercises and Massage

Scapulothoracic Creptius, aka Snapping Scapula Snapping Scapula syndrome is a snapping, grinding, or popping sensation or sound with scapulothoracic movement. Although pain with shoulder movement is usually present, some may have no pain. It is also sometimes referred to as scapulothoracic bursitis, scapulothoracic crepitus, superior scapula syndrome, scapulocostal syndrome, retroscapular creaking, washboard syndrome, rolling scapula, … Read more

Digastric Muscle Trigger Points and Referred Pain Patterns

Before you read about digastric trigger points and its pain you may want to find out more about the digastric muscle itself. The digastric muscle, together with the pterygoid muscles and its synergists, the other suprahyoid muscles, is primarily responsible for opening the jaw. Therefore, overload can occur in this muscle during habitual open mouth … Read more