Many of my clients ask about different modalities, so the next few blogs are going to be on some of those modalities. Todays is Trigger Point Therapy.
This massage therapy treatment works on treating muscles and layers of muscle attachments. This treatment is also responsible for dealing with surface muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues. This massage therapy is similar to acupressure. The majority of the methods used in Trigger Point Therapy are also used in acupressure.
Trigger points can be found up and down the client’s body near the muscle area. For the most part, they can be found in the axial muscles. These muscles are responsible for side to side body movement. Trigger points can also be found in one than more location of the body.
With these points, pain is found in certain areas. These areas are referred to as reference zones. The pain in these areas is usually deep and it can be continuous or it will come around for a while, leave, and then come back again. If a trigger point is worked, it can be inflicted with pain. There are two types of trigger points, active and latent. Active points consist of nagging pain. Latent points don’t experience pain until the affected area is pressed. Trigger point therapy is one of the most popular massage therapy treatments that is being used.
In a treatment session, there is an examination that is conducted. This examination includes focusing on the pain area and where discomfort is being felt. The massage therapist main focus is to look for poor posture, and straining of the muscles. The client has to be relaxed in order for the treatment to be successful. The therapist can recognize the trigger points because they will be tender, hard or knotty. After the therapist has found the trigger points, the area will feel pressure and what is called skin twitching. Trigger point therapy is also used to get rid of muscle spasms and cramps.
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.
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.