Movements and Stress build Knots throughout the Body

 

Everyone can benefit from the relief provided through trigger point therapy. Performing simple activities like driving in your car for extended periods of time or overdoing it in your daily workout can cause strain and promote the buildup of stress and tension in your muscles.

 

Doing continuous movement over and over again can irritate tissue, which over time can lead to the development of trigger points. Ultimately, when tissues remain in a contracted state for long periods of time they can harden and create little nodules (knots) that can be felt during a massage session. When these trigger points are addressed and the tension is released, clients can feel instant relief that feeds into long-lasting results.

 

When a client comes in in so much pain and then after the session feels so much better, this is the best moment of the massage, or when clients realize that they can actually turn their neck in directions they couldn’t before the session, that’s when you see the results of trigger point therapy.

Common Muscular Conditions and Injuries

 

Trigger point therapy can be very effective for treating many common muscular conditions and injuries

including; Sciatica pain that can affect the lower back, glutes, legs and feet

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Shin splints

  • Migraines

  • Computer shoulder

  • Chronic pain in joints such as stiff neck and back

  • Rotator cuff injuries and/or immobility

 

Pain is Not the Purpose of Trigger Point Therapy

 

Many people have the misconception that when you get a trigger point massage you have to endure high levels of pain and be sore for days following the massage in order for it to be beneficial. In reality, the purpose of trigger point is not to provide more pain, but to rather reduce pain and heal injuries.

 

It shouldn’t be an excruciating painful type of experience where you’re sore and bruised, There can be a little bit of tenderness and discomfort in the spot that you’re digging into, but you shouldn’t be afraid to communicate your personal limits with your therapist. Everyone is different so don’t go into a session feeling like you have to hold your breath and bear down to tolerate the pain.

 

For the most effective and enjoyable trigger point massage therapy session, I utilize both Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques so clients can enjoy the relaxation of the massage experience coupled with the rehabilitative benefits that trigger point can provide. 

 

Post-Trigger Point Treatment

Once the trigger point has been effectively treated or removed, no matter how many visits it has taken, it is important that you remain hydrated. The breaking down of the trigger point takes all of the toxins that have built up in these areas and releases them into the blood stream. Without proper hydration, it is likely that the toxins can make you feel sick. Drinking plenty of water and other healthy beverages allows for the toxins to wash out of the blood stream in a short period of time. Additionally, I personally recommend that clients take an Epsom salt bath to assist with removing toxins and muscle soreness.

What are those knots
you're feeling? 

Muscle Fibers of a Trigger Point Up Close

{The continuously contracted knot in the muscle fiber stops blood flow at the trigger point starving tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Metabolic waste and toxins build in the area causing pain, tension, and spasm in the muscle. }

 

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