What are trigger points?
Trigger points are painful spots in the muscle tissue that radiate pain to other areas of the body. They are also indications that the body has experienced some form of physiological dysfunction, such as poor posture, repetitive mechanical stress, a mechanical imbalance, or acute trauma.
A unique feature of trigger points is that they almost always refer pain to other areas of the body, making it difficult to self-diagnose where the pain’s coming from rather than where you feel it the most. Trigger points are part of a protective mechanism of your body and an important defense reflex that keeps your body safe. Problems occur when the reflex misfires or doesn’t switch off, causing ongoing pain and stiffness.
While booking a trigger point therapy appointment with Frank can go a long way to relieving pain, you will most likely need to schedule several appoints with him in order to relieve the tension in the knot, as these often build up over years of using the muscle.
Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a technique in which trigger points are located and manipulated to reduce the pain and “deactivate” the point, which is often referred to as a knot. This technique is sometimes also called myofascial trigger point therapy because myo means muscle tissue, and fascia is the connective tissue in and around it.
This type of massage therapy can reduce pain, increase movement, and allow the muscles to soften, lengthen, and become stronger. Moderate pressure should be used when treating trigger points because you will tense up against the pressure if the therapist presses too hard and the muscle won’t relax.
Trigger point therapy basically involves ischemic compression, a gentle and non-invasive way to deactivate trigger points, and stretching. The trigger point release technique might be a bit uncomfortable but shouldn’t cause pain. In fact, muscles in pain tend to tense up, so causing pain will hinder the technique from working correctly.
How It Works
During trigger point therapy, the therapist locates the trigger point by pressing on the muscle tissue with a finger (palpation) or by picking up the muscle fibers in a pincer grip. Once the trigger point is located, he applies pressure until the pain gradually dissipates.
It’s important to note that since it took a while to get the muscle into the knot that’s causing deferred pain, it will likely take more than one massage to get rid of it. These points are often areas of chronic “holding,” so you will also need to learn how to move in different ways to keep them from recurring.
Frank, Holistic Life Marbella