Trigger point therapy is the use of various methods to relax and release trigger points in the body.
Trigger points are hypersensitive areas in muscles, tendons or connective tissue that usually are tender to the client.
The pain from a trigger point usually radiates in a distinctive pattern near or around the trigger point. Trauma is a common cause of these points. Trauma can be from an injury or from excessive stretching or repetitive motions.
Trigger point therapy works by relieving and relaxing these hypersensitive areas. Often trigger points are located by the location of reported pain and by massaging an area. Clients can often give feedback on the exact location of the point, the amount of pain experienced and when the pain has decreased due to deactivation of the point.
Trigger point therapy is especially good for people who tend to overwork their muscles. Athletes, musicians and some workers are prone to developing trigger points.
Clients with trauma, poor posture, repetitive injuries and those who overwork particular muscles benefit from this therapy.
Massage therapists often use trigger point therapy with other forms of massage as a specific technique to relieve hypersensitive ‘knots’ in the muscles.
Physical therapists, chiropractors and medical doctors also use trigger point therapy to treat musculoskeletal problems.