Accelerated muscle fatigability of latent myofascial trigger points in humans
Pain Medicine, 06/29/2012
Ge HY et al. – A latent myofascial trigger point (MTP) is associated with an accelerated development of muscle fatigue and simultaneously overloading active motor units close to an MTP. Elimination of latent MTPs and inactivation of active MTPs may effectively reduce accelerated muscle fatigue and prevent overload spreading within a muscle.Methods
- Intramuscular electromyographic (EMG) recordings were obtained from latent MTPs and non–MTPs together with surface EMG recordings from the upper trapezius muscles during sustained isometric muscle contractions in 12 healthy subjects.
- Normalized root mean square (RMS) EMG amplitude and mean power frequency (MNF) were analyzed.
- The rate of perceived exertion and pain intensity from MTP side and non–MTP side were recorded.
- Pain intensity on the MTP side was significantly higher than the non–MTP side (P < 0.05).
- Intramuscular EMG from latent MTPs showed an early onset of decrease in MNF and a significant decrease at the end of fatiguing contraction as compared with non–MTPs (P < 0.05).
- Surface EMG from muscle fibers close to latent MTPs presented with an early onset of the increase in RMS amplitude and the increase was significantly higher than that from non–MTPs at the end of sustained isometric contraction (P < 0.05).