Trigger Point Therapy is one of the primary methods for treating Myofascial Dysfunction in muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues. Trigger Point Therapy is performed without drugs, surgery or other invasive techniques.
One of the many proven techniques for treating Trigger Points is the use of manual compression. This might appear to be similar to deep tissue massage – however a Trigger Point therapist is trained to assess the overall muscular health of their patient, identify myofascial pain and dysfunction, and precisely locate and treat the associated Trigger Points with focused manual pressure – this is not a spa massage!
Some therapists use an outmoded technique known as “ischemic compression” that involves deep, sustained pressure that often cause significant pain and bruising. We utilize a technique known as Trigger Point Pressure Release. This is less vigorous and is equally or more effective and is NOT likely to produce significant additional irritation or soreness. Our approach is tailored to the needs of the individual’s muscles, is more patient friendly and is more likely to be used at home for self-care. Patients learn what optimal pressure feels like for subsequent self-treatment.
The therapist lengthens the muscle to the point of resistance within the comfort zone and then applies gentle, gradually increasing pressure on the trigger point until encountering a definite increase in resistance. At that point there may be a degree of discomfort but no significant pain. Pressure is maintained until there is release of tension and the process is repeated until the trigger point is released and the muscle regains its normal length.
Trigger Point Therapy also involves the use of various other techniques including active contract/relax and post-isometric relaxation, use of cold and heat and specialized stretches. More recently, we have pioneered the use in the US of advanced medical devices such as the WellWave, which delivers pulses of sound waves to provide “Acoustic Compression” as an alternative to manual compression techniques. It is an extremely effective, leading edge technology for the reduction of pain from MyoFascial Dysfunction and Trigger Points.