What is Trigger Point Therapy?
Trigger Point Massage addresses surface muscles, connective tissues and deeper ligaments and is closely aligned with the eastern technique of acupressure massage.
A Trigger Point is a physiological dysfunction formed in muscles and causing referred pain. The referred pain is usually steady, dull and aching, often deep.
It must be pointed out that Trigger Point Massage is not relaxing! It requires the participation of the client to communicate the presence and intensity of pain and discomfort. Therapist and client work together to maximise the effectiveness of the treatment which includes alleviating muscle spasms and improving circulation.
Physical /Mental Benefits
Increased flexibility Improved circulation Better range of motion Reduced stiffness or muscle tension Fewer headaches
Who can Benefit from the Therapy
Arthritis patients Individuals recovering from accidents or other trauma Worker s suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome Athletes People suffering from migraines Patients dealing with bursitis or tendinitis
Acute inflammation (e.g. osteitis, periostitis)Acute circulatory disturbance Acute dermatological problem Local infection Local malignancy New burns Potential thrombus/emboli, varicosities Abdominal tumour, aneurysm, pregnancy, menstruation
What to expect
A typical trigger point therapy session typically lasts about 60 minutes, though your initial visit may take a little longer. Your practitioner will first ask you about your general health and what you hope to achieve with trigger point therapy. He will then locate your trigger points by touching various areas of your body.
Once your trigger points have been located, your practitioner will begin to exert pressure on them. Typically, fingers or knuckles are used to exert this pressure, though sometimes elbows or trigger point therapy tools are also used. You will feel pain when pressure is first placed on your trigger points. It is important to voice this pain to your practitioner, so that she can tailor the massage to your specific needs. The pain will become less intense as the session continues. During and after the session, your practitioner will also stretch various muscles. This is to prevent your muscles from tightening up again.
After care advice
After your session, you should feel very relaxed. You will also notice a reduction in your pain symptoms and an increase in your range of motion. You might find yourself particularly energised due to the endorphins released during the process. Some clients generally require about five trigger point sessions to achieve noticeable relief
In order for you to gain the maximum benefits please follow our after care advice; Increase your water intake, have a suitable period of rest, avoid eating a heavy meal, smoking and cut down on tea and coffee.