Trigger Point Therapy
Various factors can activate potential trigger points in muscles, including muscle overuse, inflammation, trauma, electrolyte imbalances, infections, and nerve pain. These trigger points may not only cause pain in the local area but also refer pain to other parts of the body. Commonly observed and documented patterns of referred pain are known as "referral patterns." It's important to note that trigger points are often located in different areas from where the symptoms are felt, and addressing the symptom area may not provide relief.
The intensity of pain can vary depending on muscle stress and other perpetuating factors that keep trigger points active. Sensations such as tingling, numbness, or burning could be due to nerve entrapments caused by trigger points. Weakness in muscles with active trigger points is common, hindering their ability to move through their full range of motion. In such cases, other muscles may compensate and develop trigger points themselves if the original muscle is not treated.
Trigger Point Therapy treatment response varies from person to person. Recent injuries or current conditions often require only a few sessions of Trigger Point Therapy within a short period. Chronic conditions with severe pain or long-standing issues may necessitate more intensive initial treatment, followed by ongoing sessions scheduled fortnightly, monthly, or every six weeks to maintain improvement. Treatment plans are tailored to your specific condition.
Experienced therapists can easily identify the taut bands present with trigger points through palpation. Pain can be alleviated by applying sustained compression to the affected tissue for 30 to 90 seconds. Although some discomfort may be felt during compression, therapists will adjust the muscle position to minimize discomfort until it completely subsides.
Many individuals combine Trigger Point Therapy with physiotherapy, massage, or other modalities to enhance recovery time and improve mobility. By incorporating Trigger Point Therapy into your treatment plan, you can experience relief from chronic pain, enhanced mobility, and improved overall well-being.
Trigger Point Therapy is recognised as an effective treatment for pain. The main reason behind its success appears to be related to chronic pain patterns. The establishment of chronic pain patterns occurs within a few months of an injury. Once established, these pain patterns are difficult to reverse by other conservative treatment techniques. Trigger Point Therapy is often very useful in breaking this pain cycle.
Trigger Point Therapy is very useful in the relief of:
- Joint Pain
- Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Pain
- Muscle pain