Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.
Trigger points are defined as hypersensitive spots found in taut bands of muscle fibres or in the muscle fascia. They basically are areas within muscle tissue that have become contracted and banded together and often manifests as “knots” or tight bands of fibre.
These spots are painful on compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness and reduced range of movement.
In this type of massage the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
Myofascial trigger points are commonly seen in both acute and chronic pain conditions like tension headaches,migraines, back pain, neck and shoulder pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder and carpal tunnel syndrome. In fact, trigger points are often the cause of this type of problem.
Trigger Points can be either Active or Latent:
- Active points are painful locally and can radiate pain to other areas of the body, even areas that are not directly aligned with the trigger point. The pain experienced can be sharp and intense or dull and aching.
- Latent means they are present but don’t cause pain, until pressure is applied by the therapist. They will also cause tension, lack of mobility and weakness in the muscle.
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.