What is trigger point therapy?
Trigger point therapy is a type of neuromuscular therapy that’s specifically designed to
- speed up recovery from injury
- correct muscular imbalances and
- relieve pain
Your physiotherapist will stretch the muscle and then apply pressure to areas of muscle tightness or ‘knots’ and you may feel radiating or localized pain when these spots are pressed.
This helps to relive muscle tension and promote healing.
How does trigger point therapy help?
Inflammation occurs when a muscle is injured.
The body recognizes this and this causes pain which makes you subconsciously (sort of like “automatically” protect and guard the muscle to prevent further damage. Over time, the muscle can shorten and tighten, forming these knots in the center of these tightness.
The pressure of trigger point therapy ‘reprograms’ the neuromuscular system so that pain decreases. This encourages the muscles to return to their normal state. This promotes healing as the inflammation decreases and the individual experiences reduced pain and tightness.
Who benefits from trigger point therapy?
Trigger point therapy can be beneficial for conditions including:
- Muscle injury
- Muscle tightness
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Repetitive strain injury
Nigel is a principal hand therapist practicing since 2005; and Louise is a principal physiotherapist practicing since 2006…and we’re really interested in treating orthopedic and sports injuries and condition, and treating pain for good.
Orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions refer to painful issues to one’s
- bones, muscles, joints, nerves, tendons and ligaments
- ie neck, back, hip, knee, calf, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers
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