Chronic pain can be debilitating and can also interfere with your ability to function in your day-to-day life but new research indicates that trigger point therapy may be able to help control many of the major symptoms of pain and provide much needed relief. From helping sufferers of sciatica, lower back pain, plantar fasciitis, and more, trigger point therapy is an excellent form of massage.
Defined as specific areas where your muscle tissue tense up, compresses, and form a tight, sensitive knot that causes pain, trigger points are similar to localized muscle spasms. However, the tricky thing about these points is that oftentimes they can cause painful sensations elsewhere in the body. This is called referral pain. Trigger points frequently result from several different types of muscle overload including repetitive actions and sustained or acute movements through job functions or exercise.
When it comes to massage and trigger point therapy, a professional and experienced massage therapist can help address your individual needs based on where you are feeling pain. In order for your trigger points to be targeted, first there needs to be a solid understanding of which muscles are impacting which joints to provide effective treatment.
Focusing on muscles, tendons, and insertions points (insertion points are where your muscle attaches to the bone that it moves), your massage therapist will track backwards from your point of pain to the originating muscle in order to locate the trigger points on your body that are causing your issues.
Once located, pressure can be applied to help provide release. Typically a deep pressure is used for brief amounts of time, somewhere in the half a minute to a minute and a half on each point site. It is imperative that good communication and open dialog are practiced between you and your therapist since a bit of discomfort can be expected. You should not feel any long lasting pain however and need to speak up if the discomfort is too much!
Trigger point therapy is highly effective and can reduce pain significantly after even just one session with a knowledgeable therapist. Contact our studio today to make your next appointment and let us work out those knots!