Trigger point therapy is a manual press and release technique that involves the application of slowly increasing, non-painful pressure over a trigger point until a barrier of tissue resistance is encountered. Contact is then maintained until the tissue barrier releases and pressure is increased to reach a new barrier to eliminate the trigger point tension and tenderness. After your massage it is very common to feel some treatment pain - this is a healing response which usually takes 24-72hrs to recover from depending on how tight, acute or chronic the muscle pain is.
Each muscle has potential trigger points which can become activated by muscle overuse, inflammation, trauma, poor posture and nerve pain. These trigger points can cause pain over the muscle affected or refer pain and thus be felt in another area of the body. Other trigger points are only felt when the muscle is directly palpated by the therapist
Trigger points are an important issue. Aches and pains are an extremely common medical complaint, and trigger points seem to be a factor in many of them. They are a key factor in headaches (including possibly migraine and cluster headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, and more. What makes trigger points clinically important — and fascinating — is their triple threat. They can:
His initial consultation with you is, most importantly, where he can identify the underlying source of your pain. During your follow-up sessions I will take you through range of movement exercises to gauge your progress and select appropriate techniques to address your trigger points. Through guided self-directed trigger points he will equip you with the confidence and ability to maintain your triggers at home and in the sustained future.
Yes, Trigger Point Therapy does not interfere with existing drug therapy. People seeking physiotherapy, massage and other modalities often combine their treatments with Trigger Point Therapy for greater recovery time and better mobility. In particular, Trigger Point Therapy is useful when other forms of traditional western treatments have failed to fully eliminate your pain. In our experience, Trigger Point Therapy is very useful in the relief of: