This technique applies concentrated finger, thumb or even elbow pressure to an area within the muscle belly. When a muscle is over stretched or strained through injury or postural constraint it will develop nodules or concentrated areas of contracted muscle called trigger points. These occur throughout the body in a relatively predictable pattern. That is, muscles will develop a consistent trigger point pattern specific to the muscle involved.
Pain is usually characterised by local tenderness but may have a referral pattern. In other words the pain you feel in your shoulder may originate from a different site. Focused pressure to the area for approximately 30 seconds is used to break cycles of spasm and pain within soft tissue structures.