When you experience muscle pain in one specific location on your body, it may be caused by a trigger point. Fortunately, there’s a type of massage that can ease this pain and help release the tension causing it: trigger point therapy.
What is a Trigger Point?
“Trigger point” is the name given to a tight spot in muscle tissue that causes pain or discomfort in other areas of the body. For instance, if you’ve got a trigger point in your back, you may feel pain in your neck. The neck then acts as a satellite trigger point and can often lead to headaches.
All this discomfort is caused by one little tight spot in your muscle. That’s the bad news. The good news is that trigger point therapy helps eliminate this pain and allows you to resume a healthy lifestyle.
What are the Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy?
During a trigger point massage, you participate in the session by breathing deeply when asked and by helping the therapist to identify the location causing your pain. Using isolated cycles of pressure and release, he or she is able to find the trigger point and ease the tension it’s causing. Trigger point massage is designed to release the tight areas in your muscles, which reduces or eliminates any pain and discomfort you’re feeling.
It’s common to experience significant relief after just one session of trigger point therapy, but it’s not only a temporary fix. Regularly receiving massages during which trigger points are addressed helps you naturally manage the pain and stress that often accompany chronic injuries.