What is a trigger point?
A trigger point is a hyperirritable, or extremely sensitive spot found in a taut band of muscle tissue. Referred pain, or pain that can be felt outside the area of the trigger point(s), may make it difficult to know where your pain is originating.
Where do trigger points come from?
When muscles are traumatized in one way or another, they are prone to trigger point formation. This could occur from overuse, misuse, disuse, abuse, injury, mental or physical stress, or continuous sub-maximal isometric contraction.
What is continuous sub-maximal isometric contraction?
When certain muscles are held statically, for long periods of time, using just a portion of the muscle’s potential, this creates an overuse in part of the muscle. A common example of this is the act of holding arms over a keyboard for long periods of time. Musicians, hair stylists and those in the dental profession are among a few who often suffer due to static postures and repetitive use.
How does trigger point therapy work?
Systematic methods of trigger point release can return a muscle to its natural resting length, restoring mobility and tissue health, leaving you pain-free.
Can I release trigger points myself?
Yes. There are many things that you can do to relieve trigger point pain. These self-treating methods will be part of your session at Therapeutic Massage of Pepperell. Some trigger points may be more difficult than others to deactivate and may require a therapist, to detect and release.