Top Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy
How to get rid of back pain with Trigger Point Therapy
A lot of us will suffer from sensitive spots in muscle at some point in our lives that feel like tight ’knots’ in our body. These so called trigger points are often responsible for back pain and aches in the shoulder or neck and can cause various discomforts in the body. Recognizing and understanding trigger points and their effect on us, thus, play and important role in relieving such aches and pains and restoring a well functioning and healthy body.
So what exactly are trigger points and what can we do to eliminate them? Trigger points are usually small patch of tightly contracted muscles that can cause and complicate pain problems and prevent the muscles from working well. These points arise from adhesion of stressed soft tissue covering your muscles, in other words fascia. This tightening of the muscle can refer pain and cause symptoms that can range from intolerable pain caused by “active” trigger points to milder dysfunctions when it is „latent”. Nevertheless, these sensations are still quiet annoying and can restrict range-of-motion and cause weakness and lead to muscle stiffness. When it comes to treating trigger points, often medical specialists are best to turn to as doctors tend to know about trigger points but to the average patient they are not that helpful. Medical help usually involves treatment methods limited exclusively to injection therapies even tough sometimes a little pressure on the localized spot could have done the same. Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer as to whom to best turn to when we face problems related to trigger points because they are very under treated and even physical therapists, chiropractors and massage therapists have insufficient knowledge about them. Nevertheless, we would like to give you the tools to be able to treat them yourself, or find someone who understands them well enough to treat them. Trigger point therapy can involve acupuncture or needle treatment as well as use of ice and stretching or laser therapy. Specific trigger point massage also works and some physiotherapists or massage therapists have a real knack in treating trigger points. However it can be really useful to learn how to apply trigger point massage to yourself so that you can get help instantly. Deep Stroking self massage is one of the easiest methods where you apply firm pressure with your finger or a massage tool and rub the skin over the underlying muscles. You can also use gentle static pressure on the sensitive areas or follow a ’pin and stretch’ massage where you use finger pressure to pin the trigger point and then you stretch the muscle away to its fully lengthened position. Other tips suggest short repeated strokes at a slow pace moving the skin with your fingers and releasing at the end of each stroke to go back to the starting point. We are also suggested to do the massage stroke in one direction only. As we can see, there are many options available for trigger point treatment and we must not give up until we find the right solution to our problem.