Trigger points, also called Myofascial trigger points, hyperirritable spots located in the fascia adjacent to the skeletal muscle. These points are very painful, and this is why the get their name as they trigger some painful response in other parts of the body.
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique involving the application of pressure to the tender muscle tissues so as to relieve dysfunction and pain in other body parts. Sometimes, this therapy is considered as part of a group of treatment approaches known as neuromuscular therapy (NMT).
Causes of Trigger Points
Various factors contribute to the existence of trigger points, which include food allergies, vitamin B6 deficiency, traumatic injuries, birth trauma, hypoglycemia, skeletal asymmetry, overexertion and poor posture. The pain caused by these spots can be taken care of using trigger point therapy. Massaging out the tight spots using alternating pressure cycles is done in this therapy. Doing this spreads the discomfort to other body parts and in turn reducing the pain.
Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy
There are numerous health benefits of using trigger point therapy. They are:
§ Identifies and works on specific points of the body – in this therapy, specific points that cause pain are targeted and worked on. As a result, the best treatment technique is used to treat the pain.
§ Helps to treat back pain – when used in conjunction with other therapies, trigger point therapy has been proven to be very helpful to those suffering from chronic low back pain.
§ Treats heel pain – for those with heel pain and dysfunction, this therapy has been proved to improve the overall functionality of the heel and also decrease the pain.
§ Reduces stiffness and swelling of neuromuscular pain – since neural signals are interrupted by this therapy, pain is eliminated from the specific point and redirected to other pain-free areas. This reduces the neuromuscular pain, swelling and stiffness.
§ Improves the range of motion, flexibility and coordination – swelling and stiffness is reduced. This will in turn improve flexibility and coordination of the painful area.
§ Improves circulation – this therapy has the ability of relieving tension on the specific areas. This leads to improved blood circulation in the body.
Trigger point therapy is a great treatment option for pain on these areas. Staying hydrated after each therapy is vital as it ensures all toxins get excreted. Moreover, prevention of recurring trigger points is also helpful and can be done through regular exercising and stretching.