For the purpose of pain relief, trigger point massage involves applying direct pressure to muscle tissues. It is a term that was coined by Dr. Travell and Dr. Simons in the 1940s to describe the treatment of particular points in the body where the muscular system can develop painful knots or nodules.

Because of its effectiveness, trigger point massage is commonly used to treat muscle spasms and cramps. Often, it is used with professional athletes. It is highly recommended by medical doctors as well.

Explaining Trigger Point Massage

Also known as myofascial trigger point therapy, this type of massage is quite similar to the acupressure massage therapy in that it treats the muscles and muscle attachments in layers. This approach works for the surface as well as for deeper muscles and ligaments.

The therapist begins by applying static pressure intermittently for fixed time periods, with fixed intervals in between, which helps remove the toxins from muscles and calm the nerves. When the therapist releases a trigger point, endorphins are released, encouraging rejuvenation. Differing from some massages, the trigger point massage session requires participation from the client in communicating to the therapist where and how intense pain is. In this case, success in the session depends on the joint efforts of the therapist and client.

Defining Trigger Points

Trigger points are highly irritable spots in the muscles; they may be active or latent. These points are associated with palpable nodules in muscles known as contraction or muscle knots which are responsible for the pain.

Active trigger points refer pain to other areas of the body upon application of pressure; these points can be touched and felt easily. In some cases, the actual trigger point is not located at the point of pain and is actually some distance from it. Once a trigger point is found, the therapist can easily release the pain through pressure.

Benefits of Trigger Point Massage

The trigger point massage is highly effective in relieving pain from muscles. It helps reduce and remove any stiffness in muscles and improves flexibility. Moreover, it is the most suitable technique for eliminating pain in soft tissue and for associated dysfunctions.

As with other types of massage, repeated treatments may be required.

 Posted on : April 30, 2013

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