Q. How can I get rid of muscle pain?
A. By using trigger point massage therapy
The more stressed
out and overworked you become, the more knots can be found in the muscles of
your body, these knots are known as trigger points and can be very painful. Sometimes these focal points of tenderness can be found, but in other
cases, it seems that the pain covers a larger area of your body.
massage on the uncomfortable area may not be able to help the pain go away. One
possible way to manage this constant pain is Trigger Point Massage Therapy.
What is Trigger Point
Massage Therapy, also known as Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, is a form of
physical manipulation used to relieve muscle pain.
Trigger points, the focal source of the muscle contraction, received
their name from the twitch response that arises when they are pressed: a
distinct, sharp, radiating pain. By discovering and dissolving these trigger
points, you can release muscles from a dysfunctional state and relieve your
Therapy was created by Janet G. Travell, MD, an innovative doctor who served as
personal physician to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson.
With the help of David Simons, M.D., a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon, Travell
wrote the text: "Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point
What is a Trigger Point?
Trigger points are
areas in muscle tissue that have developed tender spots in taut bands of
muscle. Often, we refer to trigger points as “knots” in our muscles. Trigger
points are muscle cells that are locked in a contracted state, which can restrict
range of motion, create muscle weakness, and create pain. Trigger Points
develop due to poor posture or some other form of repetitive stress on the
When these particular cells within a muscle are in spasm, there is
limited blood flow through the area, leading to a build up of metabolic waste
and a lack of fresh oxygen and nutrients. To release these trigger points, we
need to “reset” these cells and allow the proper exchange of blood through the
commonly occur either in the belly of muscles where the main nerves innervate
or at the attachments of muscles. There are two main types of trigger points:
active trigger points and latent trigger points.
Active trigger points are in a
state of constantly producing pain.
Latent trigger points posses the same
stiffness, restricted motion, and twitch response of active trigger points, but
do not cause any pain.
However, latent trigger points can easily be reactivated
by strain or overuse of a muscle, leading to pain and discomfort.
Trigger points are
primarily diagnosed through their characteristic twitch response, which creates
a sensation of referred pain to areas called pain reference zones. Within these
pain reference zones, satellite trigger points can develop due the increased stress
on these muscles. The pain reference zones were fully mapped out by Dr. Janet
Travell’s work and follow consistent patterns. An understanding of these zones
is necessary to treat the pain effectively, as treating only “local” satellite
trigger points will not permanently resolve the pain.
To relieve a
trigger point, the practitioner will determine its exact location through
palpation of the muscle, and then apply direct continuous pressure to the
trigger point for approximately 10 seconds. While the pressing upon the trigger
point can be rather uncomfortable, the relief provided by the subsequent
relaxation of the muscle will be significant. It is common to perform this
technique on a trigger point several times during a treatment session, as well
as treating other trigger points that may work in conjunction to create the
pain pattern you are experiencing.
Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy Massage
Point Therapy Massage can help relieve your muscular pain and stiffness: By balancing the muscles of your body, we
can increase your muscle strength and range of motion, leading to an
improvement in your posture.
latent trigger points from becoming active trigger points: Studies show that almost everyone has
some trigger points that have developed in their muscles. Even if you are not
experiencing pain, treating these trigger points can help your muscular
trigger points to increase your muscular functioning: Trigger points prevent muscles from
contracting correctly, making them seem weak. By clearing our trigger points,
we can return the full ability to our muscle to provide strength, balance, and
faster recovery from exercise.
the health of your muscular system:
Healthy muscles are soft and relaxed allowing proper flow of blood and
nutrients. When you develop trigger points in your muscles, they become tight
and tender to pressure.
Trigger Points massage and sports injury clinic at Ponteland
We are the only clinic in the Newcastle area which specialises in trigger point therapy, so book you appointments now and let us get to the root of your muscle pain.