Trigger Point Therapy
What is Trigger Point Therapy?
Trigger Point Therapy utilises various methods to relieve and eliminate a hypersensitive area—known as a trigger point in the muscle, its tendon, or fascia. Usually the point itself is not in the area of pain, but away from it. The therapist, when applying pressure over the point, will generate pain in the area of injury or imbalance – the referred area.
Trauma is a common cause of trigger points, either by direct injury or excessive stretching and contraction. Once these fibrous sensitive regions form, repeated muscular stress will activate the pain in a reference zone. It is also often possible to have more than one point associated with a particular condition.
The trigger point is eliminated by applying direct and strong pressure, holding for a short time before releasing. This will serve to sedate the point enough to allow massage to restore circulation and remove toxins and waste products from the area. This method is especially helpful in musculoskeletal problems and with certain internal organ pain.
There are a considerable number of points mapped throughout the body and their general pain referral areas. A therapist trained in this massage modality will be able to identify and remedy many painful conditions and muscle-skeletal problems.