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Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Trigger Point Therapy: is used to treat painful trigger points that cause referred pain. These points are often areas of chronic "holding". It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes "referred pain" in tissues supplied by nerves. It is called a trigger point because it "triggers" a painful response.

Trigger PointHow does Trigger Point Therapy Work: Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscle fibers. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. The therapist will locate and deactivate them by using finger and elbow pressure.

What can you expect: This type of massage can be described as an active massage as your involvement and participation is required to help release the trigger point. Once the trigger point is located and the therapist begins to deactivate it through applied pressure, pain is felt and gradually decreases as the trigger point is released. This type of pain is often described as a "good pain".

Why choose Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger points can shut down the function of surrounding muscles. Releasing them can make weak or dormant muscles strong again; and, joints feel more lubricated and have more range of motion.

What are Trigger Points: Trigger Points are defined as discrete, focal, hyper-irritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle which are painful on compression and can produce local and referred pain.

Trigger PointTrigger Point Symptoms: Symptoms can include: tenderness, burning, numbness, weakness, reduced range of motion, motor dysfunction, and various autonomic phenomena, including temperature, sweating, dryness, dizziness, vision problems and others.

Why do Trigger Points Activate: Trigger points activate from several causes, such as acute or chronic muscular overload due to trauma, overuse, poor posture, chilling of a muscle and even emotional stress.

What causes the pain: Once a trigger point has activated, due to metabolic stasis in the area of the trigger point, waste products begin to accumulate. These waste products are nerve irritants (bradykinin, serotonin, hyaluronic acid, etc.) which, in turn, produce and perpetuate pain. Due to the accumulation of waste products, the blood supply to the area is decreased, resulting in a contracture (tight band) of muscle fibers and ischemia which produces the pain.

Who gets them: Trigger points are common in athletes, dancers, musicians, as well as in the typical slumped-over office worker. Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are sometimes actually referred from trigger points.

Untreated Trigger Points: If trigger points are left untreated, they may cause irreparable damage to muscle fibers, and long-term changes to the nervous system.

Trigger Points Medically Diagnosed: Trigger Points have been photomicrographed, measured electrically, imaged by modified MRI, and even tissue biopsy for toxicity.

History: Trigger Points were first mapped by Dr. Janet G. Travell, President Kennedy's physician, who found that many sufferers of myofascial pain had active points in predictable locations, and by treating these points, the pain would not only cease, but the cessation of the pain reflex would restore muscle function.
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