Part four in the chronic pain and massage mini blog series from Marie Wagner, LMT.
Like a sponge that is squeezed, when a muscle is tight and contracted, it cannot hold much fluid, so circulation is impaired.
Irritating waste products can accumulate, leaving you feeling fatigued and sore. Over time, areas with poor circulation form trigger points and both muscles and their connective tissue coverings called fascia.
Trigger points are highly irritable spots that can refer paint elsewhere in the body. For example, a trigger point in your hip can cause pain down your leg. As muscles tense around referred pain, the cycle spreads.