Trigger Point Therapy
Pain has the power to spread throughout the body when tight areas, known as “trigger points” develop in the muscles and go untreated. Myofascial trigger points are more commonly referred to by the general public as “muscle knots.” As the name suggests, trigger points trigger a response that can send pain from one area of the body to another, and once that happens, it can continue to spread until the initial source of pain is treated.
Trigger point therapy aims to get to the root of the pain so that it can be eliminated from the body entirely. It utilizes a series of techniques such as isolated pressure and release. Sometimes dry needling is also used. Trigger point therapy requires the recipient to actively participate in the session through a variety of breathing exercises. Recipients of this therapy also participate by gauging the intensity of their pain in certain areas until it is traced back to the source.
What Causes Trigger Points to Form?
In most scenarios trigger points are formed as a result of trauma and damage to the muscle fibers. It is also believed by some that trigger points can form from severe emotional distress and mental trauma being trapped within the body.
Trigger Point Therapy is Often Used for the Following
- Carpal tunnel
- Lower back pain
Trigger point therapy is not a “miracle” cure that will miraculously take away your pain overnight. However, it does provide pretty astonishing symptom relief for many people who are unable to ease their pain with other more traditional methods – and you’ll likely get some relief after your first session.
If you want to give trigger point therapy a try, be sure to find someone with a reputable track record. Trigger point therapy is one of the newer services being offered by practitioners, and many only understand it on a surface level.