Clinical Massage for Chronic & Acute Conditions

Trigger Points and Massage

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Many clients have asked what is a trigger point & how do I find them…

Trigger points form in tightly contracted muscles. Some trigger points can be as small as rice or as big as a walnut. Trigger points can feel like pulling, stabbing, a dull ache, burning sensation, numbness, tingling, superficial pain, or deep pain in the joint.

A healthy muscle, their filaments (fibres) slide and glide nicely over each other. When a trigger point forms the filaments in the muscle cannot contract and perform as well. This can cause the nerves and blood vessels to perforate (burst) causing a shortening of the muscle. In turn, we feel pain and we may experience restrictions in movements and joint function.

Many researchers have corroborated the notion that trigger points are implicated in up to 95% of chronic musculoskeletal pain. This is great news for you, why? As a trained therapist in trigger points and pain patterns this means that we can work together to reduce or get rid of your pain.

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What causes trigger points?

  • Posture

    Sitting at a desk for a prolonged time can cause certain muscles to tighten and restrict blood flow through the blood vessels.

  • Injury

  • Emotional Tension

  • Repetitive Movements

  • Stress & Anxiety

What is a trigger point pain pattern?

This is a pain referral pattern. This referral pattern means the source of the pain can be in a different location to where you feel the discomfort. An example of this is tight scalenes (muscles found in the neck) can cause pain down the arm and into the hand and can often be misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel.

The Good News Is I Can Help You
This will be done via a thorough consultation and assessment; from there I will use my clinical knowledge to form a treatment plan. The treatment will target your specific needs and include a range of techniques. Including trigger point work, myofascial techniques (I will talk about in another blog soon) stretching, and mobility work. Following the treatment, I will advise you of some self-help tips to continue your recovery till the next treatment.