Trigger Point Therapy
- Trigger points are muscle knots leading to increased muscle stiffness, tenderness and decreased range of motion
- The pain can be experienced away from the source (referred pain)
How Trigger Points can be formed?
- Repetitive movements from activities such as mouse and keyboard use, mobile phones, gardening, DIY projects
- Heavy lifting, carrying babies, briefcases or boxes, wearing body armour
- Habitually poor posture due to a sedentary lifestyle or prolonged bed rest
- Muscle tensing due to mental / emotional stress
- Direct injury such as a blow, strain, break, twist or tear (car accidents, sports injuries, falling down stairs, etc.)
- Myotherapy (deep pressure massage), mechanical vibration, pulsed ultrasound, electrostimulation, ischemic compression, trigger-point-injection, dry-needling, "spray-and-stretch" using a cooling (biofreeze) gel
- Stretching techniques, combinations of passive, active, active isolated (AIS), muscle energy techniques (MET), and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching.
- I also aim to elongate the soft tissue surrounding muscles as I often feel that this helps to resolve strain patterns, otherwise muscles will simply return to positions where trigger points are likely to re-develop.
What to expect from treatment
- Based on my experience, patients usually report relief from pain during the first treatment. For others, several treatments are needed before an improvement is noticed
- You may experience fatigue as the chronically held musculature is allowed to relax and return to a normal tone, however some patients experience an increase in energy
- Possible relief from other symptoms, such as chronic hand and forearm pain improving after being treated for painful neck and shoulder
- It is common for patients to experience some soreness for one to two days after treatment. This usually resolves after the first few treatments
- Minimising stress, pacing your activities and avoidance of overexertion (as well as focusing on what you can do instead of your limitations) are of prime importance.