Trigger point therapy is used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points and through stretching exercises.
Trigger points are areas of the body in which the muscle and connective tissue are highly sensitive to pain when compressed. Pressure on these points can send referred pain to other specific parts of the body and form a complex network of connected signs and symptoms. A trigger point in the back, for example, may induce referred pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Trigger point therapy can relieve muscular aches and pains in association with these areas and assist with the redevelopment of muscles and help to restore motion to joints.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. Trigger point massage will release constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment and receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries, diseases or stresses.
It’s important to note that trigger points can be acute sources of pain or painless latent areas, unnoticed by the client until pressure is applied by the practitioner. You’ll often only discover that they are there as part of another massage treatment, for example.
Treatment consists of physical therapy, manipulation and stretching. A firm pressure is applied to specific trigger points and these may often be located in places different to where the client actually feels the pain.
Trigger point therapy is often incorporated with sports massage and myofascial release therapy. A treatment will start with a careful assessment of the patient’s condition including factors such as nutrition, stress and chronic illness, as potential contributors towards the problem.
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