Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a treatment used by remedial massage therapists and myotherapists in which direct pressure is applied to specified points on tender muscle tissue to decrease muscle tension and relieve pain.

Every muscle has trigger points which can become activated by muscle overuse, inflammation, nerve pain, trauma, electrolyte imbalances and infections. These trigger points can cause discomfort and pain on the affected muscle or they can refer pain to another area of the body.

Is trigger point therapy right for me?

Most people are suffering from muscles with active trigger points and can benefit from trigger point therapy. The muscles with active trigger points are weaker than normal muscles and not used to their fullest potential. Often, other muscles are recruited to perform the activity of the weakened muscle. These secondary muscles now get overworked and start developing trigger points themselves if the original muscle is not treated.

Trigger point therapy is very useful to relieve:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Muscle Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tension Headaches

How long before I see results from trigger point therapy?

The response to trigger point therapy varies from person to person. Usually, for new injuries or current conditions, a few trigger point therapy treatments in a short space of time are enough to fix the problem. Chronic conditions with severe pain may need an intense first treatment followed by ongoing monthly treatments to maintain the improvement.

Does it hurt?

The taut bands of the muscles that accompany trigger points can easily be identified on palpation and pain can quickly be minimised with sustained compression on the affected tissue for 30 to 90 seconds. Although the therapist will position the muscle to minimise the discomfort, some discomfort may be felt during the compression.

For more advice please ask your trigger point therapist.

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