Target Pain at the Source with Trigger Point Massage
Do you suffer from shoulder or back knots that cause referred pain in other areas? Trigger point massage may be the solution. This technique applies concentrated pressure to trigger points to provide pain relief. Read on to learn about the benefits of trigger point therapy.
What are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are hyperirritable spots within a muscle that form tight knots. These sensitive tissue areas can produce localised pain or refer it outward to other body parts. Common trigger point locations are the neck, shoulders, hips and lower back. Factors like poor posture, strain, injury or repetitive motions can cause trigger points.
Trigger Point Massage Techniques
In trigger point massage, the therapist locates painful trigger points using touch and client feedback. They apply targeted finger, thumb or elbow pressure to the sensitive knot for 10-30 seconds before releasing. This cycle is repeated multiple times to break up muscle tension.
Other techniques like cross-fibre friction to loosen adhesions or positional release stretches may complement the trigger point treatment. Trigger point therapy aims to deactivate painful trigger points and restore normal muscle function.
Benefits of Trigger Point Massage
Trigger point massage offers several benefits for resolving chronic muscular pain:
- Deactivates trigger points causing localised discomfort
- Eliminates referred pain triggered by trigger points elsewhere
- Reduces muscle tightness, spasms and stiffness
- Improves range of motion as muscles relax
- Restores flexibility and mobility to the affected areas
- Prevents trigger points from redeveloping after treatment
- Provides lasting relief versus temporary fixes like pain medication
By targeting trigger points, this massage technique can provide rapid relief for ongoing pain and dysfunction. It helps restore muscle health so you can return to normal activity pain-free. Discuss incorporating trigger point therapy into your massage sessions for fast-acting, lasting results.