Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a type of treatment that focuses on releasing trigger points, 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 certain area and is hard to pin point.
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. Human body will always try to do everything what 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 a healthy muscle memory. This will ensure an optimum movement and prevent the tension from accumulating again.
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 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, 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 different place then 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.