Trigger point massage is a technique that involves applying pressure to muscle tissue which in turn relieves dysfunction and pain in various parts of the body and on occasions both trigger therapy and massage are used in conjunction. Trigger point therapy is also known as myofascial trigger therapy and was developed in the 1940’s by Dr Janet Travel.
There are two basic types of trigger points which are active and latent and these are areas where the muscles are tender and painful. Active Trigger points cause chronic muscular pain which refers to other areas of the body when pressure is applied and latent trigger points are only painful when compressed and does not refer pain to other areas of the body.
One of the main causes of stiff joints and restricted movement in aged humans is latent trigger points. Muscular knots which are trigger points are common and may also be associated with fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndromes. Trigger points can be felt by touch and are regarded as physical phenomena. There are several factors leading to the cause of trigger points such as overexertion, birth trauma, poor posture and severe trauma which could have resulted from an accident or emotional trauma.
The purpose of trigger point massage is to alleviate chronic pain and after having several treatments one will experience a reduction in joint stiffness and pain and will have a better range of movement as well as increased blood circulation.
Thousands of people around the world suffer from what is known as fibromyalgia for which there is no cure. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is characterized by chronic pain and tenderness in the muscles and joints and mainly occurs where the muscles are attached to the bone or the ligaments as presents with symptoms reflecting arthritis. However the joints are not affected and there is no deterioration or defects.
The pain is not localized to any specific area and sufferers will experience frequent urination, morning stiffness, chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, pins and needle sensations in the arms, hands, face and feet as well as migraines, anxiety, alternating constipation and diarrhea and bloating. One will experience continuous pain throughout their lifetime.
Trigger point massage in conjunction with exercise and medications have proved to be exceptionally effective and treatment programs are individualized. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia you are guaranteed fast and effective relief when you opt for trigger point therapy.