Trigger Point Therapy

By · Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

When it comes to massage therapy there is such a variety of different types of massage techniques that it can be difficult to choose the right style for the goal or goals you have for your health and wellness. I hope that my next few articles will help you find the right type of massage for you and inform you on the benefits of the multitude of massage techniques available.

Trigger Point Therapy is a popular massage technique that is used fairly often by many massage therapists. A trigger point is a small area in the muscle that has a level of hyperirritability. Once a trigger point is found, your massage therapist will use either or a combination of pressure technique, which is a form of direct pressure on the trigger point against an underlying hard structure or bone. Direct manipulation, which consist of a kneading motion that pushing the muscle together at it’s belly or most center point. Or muscle energy work, which causes the muscle to contract before lengthening with a series of stretching motions in order to release the trigger point.

So how will you know if trigger point therapy is right for you? Well this form of massage is a very useful technique in the treatment of myofascial problems. So if you or someone you know suffers from a chronic pain condition like fibromyalgia, arthritis and or are recovering from an injury or accident this therapy may be helpful. It can also be use in the treatment of tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and migraines (www.mamashealth.com/massage/trigger.asp).

As is common with most massage therapy methods additional training is required in order for a massage therapist to perform this technique efficiently. However it is not uncommon to encounter mild trigger point activity in general massage application.

Kandace Fields,LMT

 

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