Trigger Point Therapy is a form of massage, but not the type of massage most people think of. During trigger point therapy, the muscles are not manipulated in the same way as a relaxation massage. The muscles are palpated to locate a knot or cluster of knots in a muscle belly that can create localized and/or referred pain and can reduce a person’s range of motion in the area in which the knot is located. Once the trigger points are located the true therapy begins.
Some trigger points can be relaxed with deep tissue massage. But more is needed than a deep tissue massage. Even if one received deep tissue massages monthly, these persistent trigger points will come back. In addition, often times when one trigger point relaxes, another one takes its place immediately. It is not a new point, but deeper trigger point that is now better exposed. The fact is these muscles believe these knots are needed. It took years to create these knots, and while it will not take years to release them, it does take specific treatments and multiple sessions for a more permanent solution.
Trigger points can be found all over the body, but a few places like neck, trapezius (traps), and upper back are hot spots. Trigger points in these areas can cause headaches, backaches, limited movements in shoulders and a host of other problems. This is only talking about a few muscle groups but remember these trigger points can be all over the body.
Trigger point therapy takes time to find the points and document their locations. Then the trigger point practitioner can start working to release the points one by one. Duration of treatment varies depending on the number of trigger points found and the number of times the practitioner has to work the point to make it release. This is still not a permanent solution, but it does alleviate pain and is one step to a more permanent solution. Stress and certain activities will reignite these points, so continued monthly relaxation and focus area maintenance, and other forms of self-care are required once the trigger points are under control.
This is a comprehensive assessment to find all trigger points starting at the head and moving to the feet. The trigger points will be documented for further treatment. At the end of the assessment, I will sit with you and create a plan of action to relax and release the trigger points in a logical pattern to help keep them from returning as quickly. We will also discuss the initial number of treatments that may be needed to completely release all trigger points and this will become part of the Individualized Trigger Point Treatment Plan.