What can Trigger Point Therapy do?
Pain Relief: When trigger points are released they not only help the pain free function of the muscle but ensure the flow of kinetic energy and the transfer of movement through the functional fascial networks of the body. The result is not just pain relief but better biomechanics in the joints affected which will hinder further trigger point development.
-Trigger points present as small nodules of varying size within the muscle fibre, tiny but they can be responsible for much pain in the body. Travell and Simmons found in their research that trigger points may be responsible for up to 80% of musculoskeletal pain. (Travell, Simmons, 1993). A trigger point can radiate pain into surrounding areas of the body; sometimes the pain felt originates from an area distant from where it is felt, so a stimulated trigger point can refer pain at some distance from its origin.
What causes Trigger Points?
Posture and related strain, stress and its related tension and the biochemical ‘soup’ of the tissues can effect trigger point development. Any part of the body that is over working becoming tight and fatigued due to faulty biomechanics can be responsible. Sometimes the process of adapting to posture and movement can propagate trigger points as our body moulds to the strain both physically and mentally we apply to it. Both acute injury and long-term habits contribute to trigger point development.
Many people sit for hours a day at desks and this is a major contributor to trigger points presenting as back, neck, or shoulder pain. Human beings weren’t designed for long periods of sitting, we are supposed to move and by blocking this movement everyday we hinder our natural balance in the musculoskeletal system and this encourages trigger point development and pain.
-Faulty biomechanics picked up in everyday life are transferred into leisure activities such as weekend sport and often this is when injuries happen. Injures can be treated but often looking at trigger points and the biomechanical balance can have positive effects such as reducing pain and the likelihood of injury.
-As a Trigger Point Therapist I recognise the patterns of referral and ‘hunt’ for the responsible trigger points. Knowledge of the origin and cause of the trigger points follows closely to the patient’s presentation, individual body make up and biomechanics. The choice and application of areas worked is highly specific.
-There are central and satellite trigger points, the central point give way to satellite points that develop as a result of the central points. It takes skill and knowledge to understand and treat the dynamic field of trigger points that present s in every person.
-I also give self care advice such as stretches, exercises and advice on breathing and relaxation techniques to support the Trigger Point Therapy effects and long term benefits.
-I combine my Trigger Point Therapy with Neuromuscular Therapy which looks at the biomechanical, bio physical and bio psychosocial side of an individual, any pain felt is recognised as part of a complex individual.
-I also use Trigger Point Therapy in all other treatments from Holistic Massage to Sports/Medical Massage to encourage pain relief and functionality; it is a favourite and frequently used tool in my work.
Sports massage is used to enhance strength, performance and speed in athletes and to remove toxins and lactic acid after exercise. Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage. Examples of these techniques include Classical Massage Strokes; effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), compression, friction, tapotement (rhythmic striking), vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion and trigger points.
Benefits of Sports massage
- Boost performance
- Injury prevention
- Pre-race preparation
- Post-race recovery
- Repetitive strains
- Improves Flexibility
- Breaks up scar tissue
- Cures and restores mobility to injured muscle tissue
- Dance & Sports Injuries
- Extends the overall life of your sporting career
is designed to relieve severe or chronic tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. While Swedish massage is good for the first couple of layers of muscle, this type of massage focuses on the muscles located further below the surface. Your back has five layers of muscle and it is often the deeper muscles that retain tension that causes aches and pains.
Deep tissue techniques usually involve slow strokes, direct pressure or friction movements that go across the grain of the muscles. Massage therapists use their fingers, thumbs, elbows or forearms to apply the needed pressure. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage, but find the benefits far outweigh any soreness that occurs.Why do people get deep tissue massage?
- heavy physical activity (such as athletes)
- injury recovery
- muscle pain or tightness
- postural problems
- repetitive strain