Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a hyperirritable point found in a taut band of muscle. These trigger points (or tight knots) not only affect the muscles involved but also sends “referral pain” in the tissues supplied by nerves. Trigger points are formed due to muscle over use, cold, old injury or accident, poor posture and muscle imbalance. Trigger point therapy is a technique that involves applying pressure on the tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.
The purpose of this technique is to re-educate the body into pain-free habits and to eliminate pain. A few treatments can reduce pain, swelling and stiffness of the neuromuscular pathways in the muscles. Increased range of motion and improvements in muscle co-ordination can be achieved along with reduced tension and flexibility. Trigger point techniques are usually incorporated to a massage and /or chiropractic treatment.