Fibromyalgia pressure points are specific areas of the body where pain can occur. According to the American College of Rheumatology, there are 18 possible pressure points throughout the body. If a minimum of 11 of these 18 are tender, and there is widespread pain lasting at least three months, a person may be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
These pressure points hurt when they are pressed, but the pressure does not cause pain in any other part of the body. Pain in pressure points may change from time to time. Certain areas may also get worse or better in a regular cycle.
Pressure Points in the Body
Tender Points and Trigger Points
These pressure points are known as tender points because pressing on them causes pain, but the pain does not radiate to other parts of the body. They should not be confused with trigger points, which are areas that cause radiating pain.
Trigger points often respond well to massage, exercise and stretching. Tender points do not, and attempts to massage or stretch these areas may result in tenderness that lasts for several days.