Have you ever experienced a muscle knot that just won’t go away despite stretching, massaging or taking painkillers? If so, you may have trigger points in your muscles. Trigger point massage therapy can help relieve these knots and reduce chronic pain caused by muscular tension.
What is Trigger Point Massage?
Trigger point massage therapy is a type of massage that targets specific areas of muscle tension called “trigger points.”
These are hyperirritable spots within muscle tissue that cause pain, discomfort, and restricted movement. During the session, one of our licensed massage therapists will locate these trigger points through palpation and apply pressure using various techniques such as compression, stretching or vibration until they release.
How Does it Work?
When trigger points are activated by injury or overuse they can refer pain to other parts of the body.
For instance tightness in neck muscles may lead to headaches while back muscle imbalances lead to lower-back pains; this makes it difficult to identify their source & treat effectively without proper knowledge on how different musculoskeletal structures work together for optimal function.
By releasing these knots through trigger point massage therapy, therapists promote blood flow which increases oxygen supply around affected regions. This leads towards improving healing time frame while also reducing inflammation-causing symptoms like stiffness mobility limitations etc.
What Conditions Can it Help With?
Trigger point massage therapy has been proven effective in treating many types of conditions including:
- Chronic Pain: This includes fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), arthritis-related joint stiffness/mobility issues
- Sports Injuries: Muscle strains/sprains resulting from intense training sessions often benefit from deep tissue sports massages used alongside physical therapies/exercises.
- Headaches/Migraines: Often triggered due to stress-induced muscular imbalances around neck/shoulder areas; regular sessions focused on particular upper-back area helps alleviate these distressing symptoms effectively over time .
- Postural Imbalances: Poor posture habits whether sitting at desks all day long or standing for hours-on-end leads towards developing habitual patterns causing imbalance between opposing muscle groups. This can then create strain within joints akin to experiencing wear & tear effects over prolonged periods. Regular therapeutic treatments focusing specifically addressing such postural stresses helps prevent injuries occurring gradually over time which ultimately affects quality-of-life.
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Trigger Point Massage is often used during a Deep Tissue Massage session. In fact, many massage therapists incorporate trigger point therapy techniques into deep tissue massages to help alleviate pain and tension in specific areas of the body where knots or adhesions have formed.
This combination of techniques can provide a more effective treatment for those suffering from chronic pain or injuries.
Trigger Point Massage is generally not recommended during a pregnancy massage however.
While massage therapy can be beneficial for expectant mothers, trigger point work involves applying deep pressure to specific points on the body which could potentially cause discomfort or harm to both mother and baby.
It’s important for pregnant women to choose a massage therapist who specializes in prenatal massage and can provide safe and effective treatment tailored specifically to their needs.
Prenatal massages typically focus on gentle techniques that promote relaxation, improve circulation, and relieve common pregnancy-related discomforts such as back pain and swelling.
Benefits of Trigger Point Massage:
Some benefits associated with receiving regular trigger-point massages include:
- Improved Range Of Motion: By releasing knotted up tissues surrounding stiffened-up joints slowly but surely -through repeated sessions-over-time , patients experience significant improvement when compared against standard treatments prescribed by physicians who recommend rest only .
- Relaxation Effect: Gentle manipulation strokes applied during each session provide a much-needed relaxation effect helping restore full functionality while also making one feel less stressed-out after treatment ends.
- Reduction In Muscle Soreness/Fatigue Levels: Long-term relief from soreness/fatigue levels results typically after several months consistently attending appointments scheduled according to individual needs/preferences ensuring every patient receives personalized care throughout the journey towards better health outcomes overall.
In conclusion, if you’re someone who struggles maintaining healthy lifestyle choices or suffering from any aforementioned conditions mentioned above then seeking out professional’s guidance regarding starting off with a tailored-session approach involving Trigger Point Massage might very well be what changes everything moving forward .
Remember no two bodies work alike therefore customizing each step along the way shouldn’t be overlooked as an important factor contributing towards achieving optimal results sooner rather than later!