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Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy is a subset of neuromuscular therapy which examines and treats muscles and muscle attachments in layers from superficial to deep, ligaments and connective tissues. Trigger point therapy is also called myofascial trigger point therapy. This therapy is highly effective at reducing trigger point pain and is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction.

It is important to have a licensed massage therapists who can readily recognize myofascial symptoms and are sufficiently skilled at finding and treating trigger points. Trigger point therapy has been used for decades by doctors, pain specialists, and massage therapists to quickly stimulate the flow of oxygen and promote rapid pain reduction. Massage therapists along with medical doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists, are all beginning to use this technique to relieve formerly undiagnosed muscle and joint pain — conditions that studies have shown to be the cause of nearly 25 percent of all doctor visits. The technique involves applying short, repeated massage strokes to trigger points, tiny contraction knots in muscle tissue where restricted circulation and lack of oxygen cause referred pain. Trigger point massage increases circulation and oxygenation in the area and often produces instant relief.

Trigger point therapy involves a variety of myofascial release techniques including ischemic and compression stretch treatment. allowing rigger points to be treated by releasing the point; using either noninvasive techniques. It is one of those feel-good treatments if you are worried about facing surgery. The therapist and client work together as a team to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. It is common to find great improvement after one treatment. With just one treatment, your muscles are stretched and lengthened to enhance flexibility.

There are various forms of trigger point therapy, however massage therapists use gentle manual pressure release techniques. Deep tissue does not mean working harder or stronger, the therapist simply works deeper and slower by sinking through superficial layers into the deeper structures using compression and lengthening techniques via the hands, fists, knuckles, thumbs, elbows and forearms. Trigger point myotherapy draws from the knowledge and techniques of a variety of health and wellness disciplines.

Once you get that trigger point, that area of the muscle that’s extremely tight and locked up to relax, often not only that muscle relaxes, but also all the muscles around that muscle also let go.  So it’s a very effective tool. 

These trigger points are the same points used in kinesthetic, acupuncture, alarm points, shiatsu, and more.  So when you’re doing trigger point therapy, there’s a lot going on there—not just muscle.  Metaphysically speaking, there’s a link between the spirit and the body.  There’s a real physiological thing going on there.  I’m absolutely convinced of that—that the spirit and the body are connected in different areas stronger than they are in others.  A similar comparison would be an airplane.  There are the nuts and bolts that connect the wings to the body, and those points are high stress areas and never can be unlocked.  But they can be affected as far as the energy that flow through them and how it flows through them and how they remain connected.


Ron McCormick
Licensed Massage Therapist



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