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Table 1 The Cardinal Signs of a Trigger Point (adapted from Simons, Travell and Simons [1]).

From: Neuro Emotional Technique for the treatment of trigger point sensitivity in chronic neck pain sufferers: A controlled clinical trial

Cardinal Signs of a Trigger Point
- Presence of a taut band in the target muscle
- A nodular point of tenderness
- A jump sign: Patient reacts to the application of digital pressure to the taut band or nodular point
- Referral of pain on the application of pressure to the taut band or nodule