Myofascial Trigger Points Therapy Modifies Thermal Map of Gluteal Region

Biomed Res Int. 2020 Feb 20;2020:4328253. doi: 10.1155/2020/4328253. eCollection 2020.


Background: Thermal imaging may be effectively used in musculoskeletal system diagnostics and therapy evaluation; thus, it may be successfully applied in myofascial trigger points assessment.

Objective: Investigation of thermal pattern changes after myofascial trigger points progressive compression therapy in healthy males and females.

Methods: The study included 30 healthy people (15 females and 15 males) with age range 19-34 years (mean age: 23.1 ± 4.21). Thermograms of myofascial trigger points were taken pre- and posttherapy and consecutively in the 15th and 30th minutes. Pain reproducible by palpation intensity was assessed with numeric rating scale.

Results: Progressive compression therapy leads to myofascial trigger points temperature (p=0.02) and surface (p=0.02) and surface (p=0.02) and surface (p=0.02) and surface (.

Conclusions: The study indicates that myofascial trigger points reaction to applied therapy spreads in time and space and depends on participants' sex.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Buttocks / diagnostic imaging
  • Buttocks / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes
  • Therapy, Soft Tissue*
  • Thermography*
  • Trigger Points / diagnostic imaging
  • Trigger Points / physiology*
  • Young Adult