Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a type of treatment that focuses on releasing trigger points, a certain type of “knots” which radiate or refer pain to other areas. For instance, some of the trigger points in the shoulders will cause tension headache or these in gluteus can radiate pain into lower back or groin. The pain experienced from trigger points can either be sharp or dull, but very often it covers the certain area and is hard to pinpoint.
It is very common to feel the pain which originates from somewhere else. In this case, the real source of pain can be missed and is much more challenging to get it diagnosed. This often leads to the pain becoming chronic and starts to create a lot of compensations in the body. The human body will always try to do everything that is possible to move, even if this means using wrong muscles or leaning to one side. Trigger point therapy aims to find the “hotspots” which cause the pain and release them.
After releasing the trigger points, it is highly recommended to follow up with a remedial or deep tissue massage which can correct the movement compensations and create healthy muscle memory. This will ensure an optimum movement and prevent the tension from accumulating again.
How are Trigger Points created?
Trigger points are often referred to as "knots" or "hotspots". They are small muscle contractions that form themselves within muscle fibers. A healthy muscle consists of hundreds of muscle fibers that slide and glide when we move our muscles. They switch on when we contact (flex) muscles and switch off when we release them. When the muscle is under a lot of pressure, fatigued, overused, used in a wrong way (e.g. during compensation or bad posture) or used repetitively in the same way (e.g. swinging movement when playing golf or holding the phone with the ear),the signal sent from the brain to that muscle often gets interrupted. Muscle's ability to switch on and off is then effected. Some of the fibers remain contracted and create a tight point, called a trigger point. The important part about trigger points is that they have a high impact on the rest of the muscle which causes further imbalance and hypertension. The blood flow is restricted and the muscles become tenser. Imagine trying a knot on a string or shoelace - it makes the string shorter and tighter. In order to restore muscles ability to get nutrition and oxygen from the blood and bring back their optimum flexibility, trigger point therapy Fulham is used to dissolve the knots.
Trigger point therapy – how does it work?
Many muscular injuries or chronic problems would benefit from trigger point therapy. Severe muscle tension, postural disorders, acute injuries, back problems are the most common conditions treated with this technique. Trigger points can appear from direct traumas, overuse of certain muscles or bad posture, therefore trigger point therapy should be a part of the massage course that will help with the conditions that created them in the first place.
What to expect at Fulham Massage & Wellness?
Trigger point therapy in Fulham is a part of sports, deep tissue or remedial massage. Your therapist will apply a gradual pressure on the painful place to release or dissolve the “knot”. This often brings up the pain you experience on the daily basis, but only for a short period of time. Eventually, the area releases and brings an immediate reduction in pain or increase of movement. Very often, the painful hotspot is located in a different place to where you feel the pain. Guiding your therapist with pain scale will help with effectiveness of the treatment. Most therapists will also encourage you to breathe deeply in order to relax your body and positively influence the nervous system.