Eliciting local pain and local twitch responses to identify and release trigger points
Trigger Point Massage Therapy applies direct pressure along with passive, active, and resisted movement. The therapist elicits local pain and local twitch responses to identify and release trigger points in the body.
Essentially, a trigger point is defined as a knot (tight area) in the muscle tissue, which causes a certain amount of pain. For example, a trigger point in the back may create pain in the neck. As a result, the neck would then act as a relay trigger point, which will pass the pain on to parts of the head.
Although most patients experience a significant decrease in pain after the initial treatment of Trigger Point Massage Therapy, depending on the size and location of the trigger point, you may need schedule a few more visits with the therapist to be certain that the entire trigger point has been deactivated. The intended results from Trigger Point Massage Therapy are to release restricted areas in the muscles to alleviate pain and manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
Benefits of Trigger Point Massage
- Decreased risk of injury
- Increased range of motion
- Improved circulation
- Improved athletic performance