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Trigger point therapy is an extremely effective type of massage. It goes straight to the node deep within the muscle that is causing the patient pain. They are a hyperirritable area that when gently probed cause a significant pain response. Trigger points can be caused by injury, aging, lack of exercise, bad posture, vitamin deficiency, sleep issues, joint problems, or other activities.

What to Expect During Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point massage therapy seeks out those painful spots and applies gentle pressure to them in an effort to release the tightened muscular nodes. These nodes are usually located in the soft tissue areas surrounding an injury.

The greater the number of trigger points, the more extreme the pain can be. Since these nodes reside deep inside the muscle, trigger point therapy can resemble deep tissue massage. However, unlike deep tissue techniques, trigger point therapy goes directly to the site of the pain.

Conditions Treated by Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is used to treat a number of conditions. The relief can be felt almost instantly, although the patient might be slightly sore the next day.

Conditions that have had favorable response to trigger point massage therapy include headaches, Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), Osteoarthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Migraines, Sciatica, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sports Injuries, and more.

While these are only some of the more frequently treated issues for which trigger point massage has proven effective, it is also commonly used in the recovery of traditional car accident injuries such as whiplash.

Trigger point therapy often includes injections of numbing medicines and/or dry needling therapy. Holistically speaking, it is better to try the trigger point massage before turning to these other types of trigger point treatment.

What to Know About Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point massage therapy has proven to be quite effective treatments when the trigger points are causing the patient substantial discomfort. The relief of the tension caused by the small, deep-seated nodes within the muscle can also prove to ease anxiety and depression that comes from pain.

While it can be compared to deep tissue massage, it is less of an assault on the muscles, instead of focusing only on the nodes that are causing muscle tension and pain. While deep tissue massage can prove to be too much for some patients, trigger point massage can provide great relief.

While Trigger Point Therapy is one of the more effective types of massage, it is not widely practiced. The staff at Perth Wellness Centre is fully trained in this technique. When used as an integral part of any rehabilitation or pain treatment program, most patients report significant relief.

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Trigger point massage therapy has proven to be very therapeutic in treating various conditions and injuries. Ultimately the benefits of it are different for everyone. Overall benefits can include:

  • Improved physical and motor function
  • Pain relief in those soft tissue areas surrounding injury sites
  • Improved sleep due to the released muscle tension
  • Improved flexibility
  • Overall improvement of quality of life