So, what does Trigger Point Therapy treat?
For a variety of reasons, when we strain muscles and fascia, either through impact or through a build up of chronic stress, the muscles go into spasm. This spasm can restrict blood flow and cause pain, as well as restricting mobility.
Sometimes muscles can be in tension for so long that they lack the energy to release, and form tight “knots” or “trigger points”, a “contracture” or little hard bump in the muscle which can be responsible for debilitating back pain or neck & shoulder pain referring to other parts of the body. Fibromyalgia is a different condition, but it seems many patients with fibromyalgia have significant trigger point discomfort also.
Inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process, bringing nourishment into the area, and reducing flow away, which reduces the spread of infection. If allowed to continue and become chronic, however, it can lead to restrictive adhesion’s and thickening of connective tissue.
Neuromuscular Therapy – sometimes called Trigger Point Therapy – involves releasing Trigger Points in muscles & fascia, and encouraging flexibility in muscle and connective tissue.
Pressure is applied to these Trigger Points, rather like Chinese Acupressure, until the congestion diminishes. A release of tension relieves pain and increases mobility. Greater blood flow allows the healing process to take over.
Stretching the muscle and fascia afterwards helps to consolidate the relaxation, and you will be shown some stretches to practice after the session.
Duration: 30/45/60 minutes