Trigger Point Massage Therapy

Trigger point massage therapy was developed in the United States in the 1940s by Dr. Janet Travel.  It is a technique that uses pressure on a muscle to relieve pain in another part of the body.  It is also sometimes referred to as myofascial trigger point therapy. 

Trigger Point Massage Therapy

Trigger points are those areas in a muscle that have a degree of tenderness.  Sometimes they are called muscle knots.  There are two basic types of trigger points:  active and latent.

Active trigger points are those that display pain, not in that particular spot, but in another point in the body.  A latent trigger point only are painful when that exact spot is pressed; they do not create pain in any other area of the body.  Some experts believe that latent trigger points are the cause of stiffness and restricted range of motion in older adults.

These knotted muscles, or trigger points, are very common.  They are generally associated with fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndromes.  They are points that can be felt by touch.  Acupressure points are similar but different.  Acupressure points are those areas that block energy pathways.  Trigger points are physical knotting of the muscle tissue.

Trigger points are often caused by overexertion, poor posture, or an accident.

Trigger point therapy is designed to eliminate the pain the client is suffering.  The massage re-educates the muscles into better positions.  It will probably take a few treatments, but most people then feel less neuromuscular pain, swelling and stiffness is reduced, and there is an increase in the range of motion.  Most people also feel less tension.  They notice an improvement of flexibility and coordination.

Before your session begins, the RMT Ottawa mobile massage therapist will explain what you should expect.  Briefly, the therapist will feel along the area where the tightness appears.  Frequently the client will feel this discomfort and may react.  The therapist will then trace the pattern to where the pain occurs.  Since the trigger point can be in a muscle no where near the pain source, the client is sometimes a bit confused.  As an example, headaches (where the pain is) is sometimes triggered by tight muscles in the back (trigger points).

Trigger point therapy may take two or three sessions to identify all the points that need treatment in order to relieve the painful or area of discomfort.  The therapist is also willing to discuss lifestyle changes that could help prevent recurrence.

You may also notice some other benefits.  Athletes have used trigger point massage not just to relieve pain but to increase flexibility and improve performance.  Without the pain and tightness, you may find your posture improves.

If you need more information, please feel free to contact one of our representatives.  We will be happy to discuss your situation over the telephone or to schedule a consultation.  Of course, we will ask about any medications you are currently taking and treatments you have undergone to help with the pain as well as coordinating with your treating physician.  We are here to help you.

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