A trigger point is a tight area in a muscle that can cause pain which refers to other parts of the body. For instance, you may suffer from dull headaches which could be caused from a trigger point in the neck or back. They are more commonly referred to as “knots”.
Trigger point therapy is designed specifically through a pressure and release technique to alleviate the pain by treating the cause rather than the symptoms.
How does Trigger Point Therapy work?
Trigger points develop as a result of injury to the muscle, then the tissue heals sub-optimally in a criss-cross formation, causing tightness in the muscle and therefore pain.
Direct pressure increases blood flow to the area and stimulates the bodies healing mechanisms. Pain is reduced because the body releases endorphins which are natural pain killers.
Can Trigger Point Therapy help me - and what should I expect?
Trigger point therapy is for almost everyone! Muscles with trigger points are weaker and have less ranger of motion than muscles without trigger points. Usually, because they can’t perform optimally, other muscles are recruited and can become injured as a result. Trigger point therapy can help you to experience a huge decrease in pain after just one treatment session.
Your therapist may put pressure on the trigger point with their fingertips, knuckles, elbows, or they may use a specialised tool – dependant on the extent of the trigger point and how comfortable you are. Some people describe the feeling as the trigger point “melting” away.
It is a technique used in Sports Massage – regularly receiving sports massage with trigger point therapy techniques helps to manage pain from chronic injuries. Acupuncture can also be used to directly target the exact trigger point. Call 07791133473 or contact for more information and bookings.