What is a Trigger? We use the term trigger as a catch-all term for the activities and movements during the day that makes symptoms worse. Trigger investigation is critical because they are the bane of feeling better. The term, trigger, is an event that causes something else to happen. You trigger the headache when you look over your shoulder. You trigger back pain when you move from sitting to standing. You trigger the shoulder pain when you reach for the shelf. Sounds simple? Unfortunately, determining all of the triggers to your symptoms is as difficult as it is important. We obsess about triggers and draw boxes and lines going all over! Why do we obsess on trigger management instead of building a huge list of physical therapy exercises? Imagine this scenario. I am hitting a nail into the wall. Instead of hitting the nail, I manage
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