Trigger Point Massage
Woman getting trigger point massaging treatment

Administering pressure on upper trapezius trigger point

What Is Trigger Point Massage?

Trigger point massage therapy is a form of treatment that is aimed at relieving pain, at the source, by utilizing sequences of targeted pressure and release.

The success of trigger point therapy depends on the participation of the recipient in conjunction with the involvement of the massage therapist. The deep breathing of the recipient is of great importance, as well as their ability to aid in the identification of the specific areas that are aggrieved and the intensity of the pain/discomfort.

‘Tense’ or rather constricted regions of your muscles are where trigger point massage therapy should be targeted. It focuses on releasing the tension that is built up in these areas in an effort to lessen and relieve any pain. It is not uncommon for recipients to notice a noticeably dramatic decrease in pain levels after just one trigger point massage therapy session. Also, it is worth noting that, regularly scheduled trigger point massage therapy sessions are an extremely effective method of managing the pain that can accompany chronic injuries.

What Are Trigger Points?

Trigger points, as they are so aptly named, are tight patches of muscle fibers that, when stimulated, have the ability to trigger a response of pain.

Why is this important? Well, a trigger point does not simply affect the area in which it is located, as you would think; it can also cause what is known as “referred/referral pain” in other parts of the body.

This means that, for instance, a specific trigger point that is located in your back can subsequently cause referred pain somewhere in your neck. Then your neck may also have an activated trigger point that can influence pain receptors in your head, subsequently giving you a mild or intense headache – all as a result of a trigger point in your back.

Your massage therapist should be skilled enough to not only locate these offending trigger points, he/she should also have the ability to utilize pressure as a means of deactivating them.

Why Choose Trigger Point Therapy?

While they may actually seem similar on the surface, traditional acupuncture and trigger point therapy have very little in common. Traditional acupuncture has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and it deals with the flow of chi throughout the body and “chi pressure points”. On the other hand, trigger point therapy is aimed at treating pain at the source, from within the muscles themselves, and it has nothing to do with chi at all. It should be noted that the modern version of acupuncture, so called medical acupuncture or dry needling therapy utilizes the concept of trigger point.

When compared to other forms of massage therapy, trigger point therapy shows its usefulness with its ability to focus on very specific body parts. It is an exceptional method of not only managing pain but also treating it at the source.