What is Trigger Point Therapy?
Trigger points, also known as myofascial trigger points, are areas of
hyperirritability in the soft tissue structure. These can be acute sources of
pain or latent, unnoticed by the client until pressure is applied by the
practitioner. Trigger points are manifested as small contraction knots in the
muscles, that control the state of contraction and active ones may cause muscle
spasm and referred pain.
How Does Trigger Point Therapy
Treatment consists of physical therapy, manipulation and stretching. A
firm digital pressure is applied by the practitioner, who is able to locate the
specific points causing pain and restricted movement and these may often be
located in places different to where the client actually feels the pain.
Trigger Point Therapy is sometimes incorporated with Sports Massage and
the client is usually unclothed for the treatment, which may not include the
use of oil. Other factors such as nutrition, stress and chronic illness are
also considered, as potential contributors towards the problem.
Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy
Conditions that will benefit from this modality
Sports Injuries Chronic
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Neck and Jaw Pain
Stress and Fatigue