Trigger Point Therapy
What Trigger Points Are?
Mayofascial chronic pain is caused by multiple trigger points, fascial muscle tightening and soft tissue dysfunction. Research and experiments have found out that constant pain circumstances produce trigger points, i.e. there is a causal relationship between chronic pain and its origin.
Myofascial trigger points signify small areas of stiffness in muscles, creating firm knots or tiny bumps from the constricted muscle fibers causing chronic ache and muscular pain. These tiny knots develop when a muscle gets over worked or injured. These are the main source of developing joint pains. They are prone to cause headaches, jaw and neck pains, lower back pains and wrist aches.
To have a clear view there are two types of trigger points, active and latent. Active trigger points enhance pain when the body comes to rest. On the other hand a latent trigger point does not cause impulsive pain, but may limit movement or create muscle weakness and sends out pain signals when you touch that area.
Trigger points symptoms include muscle tension, shortening, sharp piercing pains and lack of sensation. Other symptoms also include an itchiness sensation and dizziness.
Trigger Point Therapy: How It Works?
Developed by Dr. Janet Travel in the United States in the 1940s, trigger point therapy has proven to be very effective. Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique used to relieve muscular pain by applying pressure to the triggered points. These points are limited to areas in which the muscles and tissue are extremely responsive to pain. Force on these points can transmit pain to other parts of the body.
Trigger point therapy works best to alleviate muscular aches and pains throughout the body and is frequently practiced by many doctors, healthcare practitioners, osteopaths and massage therapist.
Trigger-point therapy uses a mixture of stretching and physical pressure applied to that targeted trigger points to loosen up the tight muscles and alleviate pain. The therapy includes ice, ultrasound, heat, cold spray, or electrical shocks to make the tissues and muscles react to the treatment effectively.
A therapist at first tries to locate the exact painful areas, searching for aching, numb points with the finger tips. Once the location of the trigger point is explored, the therapist applies force with fingers, elbow or knuckles for few seconds which releases muscle tension and increases blood circulation.
At the start of the treatment the client may feel a gush of pain, but as the treatment proceeds the pain is lessened, giving a relaxing sensation. After numerous therapy sessions, the swelling and firmness of neuromuscular pain reduces. Getting a trigger point therapy massage on a regular basis can facilitate in controlling pain and pressure from chronic injuries by a natural and safe mean.
For quick results trigger point therapy also include muscle lighting injections. These injections relive pain on temporary basis.
Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy
In a nut shell, trigger point therapy is mainly used to treat any chronic pain conditions. But along with this main purpose, trigger point therapy has also proved to have other benefits as well. These include:
Increased muscle tone
Reduced headaches/ treats migraines
Increases blood circulation in the body
Lightens up body muscles/ reduces stiffness
Improves body flexibility
Reduces back pains.
Treats athletic injuries/ improves sports performance