Trigger point massage therapy is a form of treatment, usually administered by a trained massage therapist who has a great deal of knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. The massage therapist must also have the ability to feel the difference in density and texture of the affected muscle tissue.
What Are Trigger Points?
A trigger point is a tight area within your muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of your body. That is why we use trigger point massage therapy to relieve your pain.
There are about four hundred muscles in the human body, and any one of them can develop several trigger points, potentially causing referred pain and dysfunction. Symptoms can range from intolerable, agonizing pain to painless restriction of movement and distortion of posture.
A trigger point in your back may, for example, produce what is called "a referral point pain" in the neck region. Now the neck acts as a satellite trigger point and may, in turn, cause pain in the head. This may be a sharp or intense pain, or it may just be a dull ache.
By using trigger point massage therapy techniques, we can alleviate the source of the pain by using a method called "cycling", which isolates the pressure on a specific point and then releases it. As the recipient, you actively participate with the massage therapist using deep breathing as well as identify the exact location of the pain while describing the intensity of the discomfort being experienced.
Doing this allows the trigger point to be released, thus alleviating your pain. You can even experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving regular massage with trigger point therapy can help to naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
At Lifepath Dental & Wellness, we can combine this treatment along with other services, such as chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture and naturopathic, so you can get the maximum benefits and feel your best!
The massage therapist must also have the ability to feel the difference in density and texture of the affected muscle tissue.