What is trigger point massage?
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that can cause referral pain in another part of the body, such as a trigger point in the back can cause pain in the neck in which then can cause pain in the head. The pain could be sharp, intense or a dull ache. Trigger points are known to contribute to headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain and many kinds of joint pain and apart from pain can also cause numbness, tingling or lack of normal range of movement.
How will it help me?
Trigger point massage is designed to alleviate the source of the pain through pressure and release technique. The client practices deep breathing and identifying the locations of the discomfort as the therapist releases the constricted area by stretching and pressing firmly on the particular muscle for an amount of time until the knot in the muscle releases.
Trigger point therapy can be very effective for treating many muscular conditions and injuries:
- Sciatica pain that can affect the lower back, glutes, legs and feet
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Computer shoulder
- Chronic pain in joins – stiff neck and back
When will I see the benefits?
Sometimes it will only take one trigger point therapy session to start seeing results but mostly in will take a little longer, instead of putting a band-aid on a problem, your actually going into the problem and fixing it. When trigger points are addressed and the tension is released, clients can feel instant relief. When a client realizes that they can turn their neck in directions they couldn’t before the session, that’s when you see the results of trigger point.