Trigger point therapy   

Trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy is a manual therapy technique that involves the application of a specific pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger point therapy, Trigger point massage or Myofascial trigger point therapy are all names used for the assessment and treatment of these painful nodules in your body.

Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. There are two basic types of trigger points: active and latent. Active trigger points cause muscular pain and will refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when pressure is applied. Latent trigger points only exhibit pain when compressed, they do not refer pain to other areas of the body.

Trigger points may be associated with myofascial pain syndromes or fibromyalgia. Trigger points are very common. They are also referred to as muscle knots.

Trigger points differ from acupressure points. Acupressure points are concentrations of energy or blockages of the body’s energy pathways. Trigger points are physically palpable taut bands of muscle that can develop as a result of postural strain, chronic injuries, muscle strain and chronic mental and emotional stress. Emotional and mental stressors two of the most overlooked causes to the development of physical stress on the body. As part of your assessment, our aim is to learn about you as an individual and understand the problem from your perspective. If we are able to understand you as a person, it paves the way to developing an effective treatment plan that you would most likely benefit from.

The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free motions. Following treatment, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibility and coordination are improved.