Trigger Point Massage
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. It may also be called myofascial (myo meaning muscle, fascial meaning connective tissue) trigger point therapy.
A trigger point is a small area of stiffness in a muscle, creating a firm knot or tiny bump from the constricted muscle fibres causing chronic ache and muscular pain. These tiny knots develop when a muscle gets over-worked or injured and result in a feeling of pain, often some distance away from the site of the trigger point. For example, the source of some low back pain could come from trigger points on the lower leg.
Trigger point therapy uses a mixture of stretching and deep tissue techniques applied to the site of the trigger point to loosen up the tight fibres and alleviate pain. Initially, when pressure is applied to the trigger point, the client may feel some pain or discomfort, however, this should quickly fade away and the client is left with noticeable relief from their original pain. Trigger point therapy is usually used alongside and works well with other therapies, such as myofascial release.