Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a technique that targets microspasms in muscles. To understand a trigger point, think of a charlie horse, but rather than the spasm affecting the whole muscle, it only affects part of the muscle with a spasm that can last indefinitely. Most chronic pain is addressed by targeting trigger points. Trigger points are usually found in regions that are chronically tender. When pressed they are felt as hyper-irritable areas and can cause referred pain or sensations in other parts of the body. They are often formed by postural imbalances or repetitive stress, either psychological or physical. Not only do they cause tenderness in the affected muscle, but also the muscles where they refer pain can become inhibited leading to atrophy and weakness.
There are some tell tale signs that trigger points are afoot.
- Stretching feels good but is ineffective.
- You have pain that originates in one part of the body and is felt in others.
- The site that hurts also correlates to an injury from a few months ago.
- The pain is a dull, ache.
- Anti-inflammatories do not help or help very little.
- You have limited range of motion.
During my sessions I use a variety of techniques but trigger point therapy is my mainstay because it addresses pain the fastest.