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Trigger Point Massage Therapy

trigger point therapy - Hercules, CATrigger Point Therapy (TPT) requires a thorough understanding of how your muscles affect each other and the part they play in how they body works. A trigger point massage concentrates on areas of tight muscle fibers that form in muscles due to overuse or injury.

Pain might be caused by tight muscle tissue elsewhere in the body. The pain may arise near the actual knot of muscles or further away. A dull ache or sharp pain in your neck can be instigated by a trigger point in your back. Known as referral pain, it can be further transferred to another are such as the head. Yet the ache has no underlying cause in either place. Approximately 3 out of 4 incidents of symptoms are not in the injured area.

The good news is that your practitioner can bring about reduced discomfort in just one treatment! You’ll be asked to participate in a series of deep breathing while the pain’s source is sought through episodes of isolated pressure and release. You’ll be instructed to say when a location hurts and describe the level of pain. Trigger point massage releases the constricted areas in muscles identified as the area where TPT is needed. Regular treatment manages stress and pain from chronic injuries without medicine or surgery. Neurokinetic Therapy may be useful as an adjunct to trigger point therapy.

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trigger point therapy for muscle tension reliefAny one of the 600+ muscles in your body can develop trigger points. Referred pain often brings about dysfunction because of restriction of movement, distorted posture, and in some cases, extreme pain. You may also have noticed symptoms that aren’t typical like dizziness, buckling knees, sweating, and even ringing in your ears. Be certain to advise the practitioner of anything out of the ordinary.

Latent trigger points cause weakness and lowered range-of-motion. Active trigger points are caused by several situations, including injury, repetitive use of muscles, and poor posture. They typically produce referred pain or other uncomfortable sensations. Concentrating on a limited number of potential areas each session allows the therapist to note when there is a positive reaction after any treatment. One or two of those areas will be included at the next session until the area bringing relief is identified.

There may be more than one area causing the need for trigger point therapy. When other muscle fibers contract because of the referred message from the trigger point, it results in limited range in motion. The pain reduces the use of certain muscles, resulting in loss of coordination and weakness. The muscles get tired faster and do not respond when you try to use them.

The nature of trigger points is still being studied. One absolute fact, however, is that treating them results in relief of pain and increased mobility. The same areas may be assessed from one appointment to another while newer areas are examined. Our practitioners understand the importance of patience. They will continue to evaluate an area until it is recognized as a contributing cause to the pain or determined to not be responsible for any of the symptoms shown.

To set up your Trigger Point Therapy appointment, give us a call at (510) 849-6336 or book your appointment online.

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