Trigger points are areas in a muscle that are sore and react to direct pressure, and are there to tell us that all is not well in that area.
There are two types of trigger points that include Active Trigger Points that cause muscular pain and cause “referred pain” to another area of the body when pressure is applied to them.
Then there are Latent Trigger Points that only hurt when pressure is applied. They don’t refer pain to other areas.
Trigger Points are are also referred to as knots in the muscle and are quite common in people who lead active lives.
Trigger Points and Acupressure Points are different.
Acupressure points are blockages of the body’s energy pathways.
Trigger points are physical and an experienced therapist can feel them.
Western medicine is only beginning to understand the effects of active points stimulation. It’s believed that stimulation of active points leads to an increase in the release of Endorphin, a natural body painkiller and muscle relaxant.
It’s possible that pain caused by Trigger Point activity may be the biggest cause of lost time in the workplace.
What do we do with them?
Trigger Point Therapy is a technique where a therapist uses direct pressure to sore muscle tissue to relieve pain in the body. Massage and Trigger Point therapy are often performed together.
The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain which enables us to get the muscles back to where they are supposed to be without it hurting so much.
Therapist locate and deactivate them using direct finger pressure.
Generally, muscles don’t like being moved to where they are supposed to be when they were content to be some place else. When worked on, they probably will let you know it for a day or two, and if it took a while for the muscle into that fatigued condition, it will likely take more than one massage to make it behave.
However, when the pain is reduced, your range of motion will be enhanced, tensions eased, and your circulatory system cops a boost as well.
If you’re experiencing muscular aches and pains, call today and arrange an appointment for a Remedial Massage. We’ll have you feeling better in no time.