Trigger Point therapy, otherwise known as myofascial release, is a form of massage therapy that involves the application of direct pressure to specific areas identified as trigger points. A skilled physical therapist will apply pressure to relax trigger points. The goal is to release any tension and stress that is built up in the targeted areas. This results in pain relief, healthy movement, and prevents future injury or tissue damage.
What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are tight areas, or “knots,” that form within muscle tissue. Most common in the back, shoulders, and hips, trigger points occur when the affected areas experience tension and stiffness which can be a result of injury, illness or stress. When the cells in a muscle continuously contract, they constrict their blood supply which causes the cells to not have enough energy to stop contracting. This results in muscle spasms in the trigger points and pain in other parts of the body. Trigger point therapy loosens these knots and allows for proper blood flow to the affected areas.
What Conditions Benefit From Trigger Point Therapy?
Trigger point therapy is a practical treatment option for pain. Since trigger points can occur throughout the body, this treatment is beneficial for a variety of conditions such as:
When your muscles have active trigger points, they are weak and unable to move to their full ability. This results in other muscles performing these activities and can eventually become weak and compromised themselves. Trigger point therapy allows for muscles to be as strong as possible and function properly.
What Is The Process Like?
Trigger point therapy is minimally invasive, quick, and straightforward.
Before the treatment, you will meet with one of our physical therapists for a consultation which includes a patient history questionnaire and a physical examination. From there, a personalized diagnosis and treatment plan will be created.
Trigger point therapy is all about muscle relaxation, so as the patient your role during this process is to relax as well. Our physical therapy team recommends wearing comfortable clothes and supportive shoes during treatment. When the trigger points are relieved, immediately patients will experience a decrease in pain, discomfort, and soreness.
Patients will be encouraged to pursue a series of sessions as they will see an improvement after each visit.
If you are experiencing chronic pain, trigger point therapy could be the treatment for you. At Flowers Physical Therapy, our team of physical therapists is dedicated to helping our patients get on the road to recovery. Contact us today to learn more about this non-invasive therapy!