When it comes to tension and knots, we all have our trigger points. Pain in your neck, back, and shoulders, headaches, dizziness, and sciatica could all be indicators that you need trigger point massage, which coincides with myofascial release techniques.
What are Myofascial Trigger Points?
A myofascial trigger point is an irritated, tight band of muscle that won’t relax. You may notice chronic pain or stiffness in the area affected. Trigger points can come on quickly and disappear overnight, or they may set in slowly and last for days or even months at a time.
A trigger point feels tender to the touch and may feel like a knot of muscle as small as a pea or as large as a thumb. Trigger points may develop as a result of traumatic injury, repetitive use injury, stress, herniated disk or other spinal issues.
What is Trigger Point Massage?
Your body is matrix of muscles, joints and tendons. Continuous, repetitive motions as well as injury can cause tension and stress in your muscles. Over time, the body develops trigger points, or tissues that remain contracted so that they form hard nodules, or knots. Trigger point massage helps reduce pain, release tension and increase your range of motion. It not only helps relax the affected area, it also helps your muscles regain full function.
Why Treat Trigger Points?
As a primary source of pain, trigger points affect your mobility and posture, causing soft tissue dysfunction. When your body holds onto muscle contractions and they become trigger points, you will experience pain, stiffness, tension and physical limitations that affect your daily life. Trigger points are often secondary to other sources of pain, such as arthritis or bulging disks.
By treating your trigger points through massage, you’ll release these tension points, improve your mobility and decrease your pain. Our Durango massage therapist is happy to work one-on-one with you to devise a treatment plan that enhances your quality of life while protecting you from further pain.
Trigger Point Therapy & Myofascial Release
- Sciatica pain
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the legs and feet
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Shoulder pain from computer work
- Chronic pain in the joints
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hip pain
- Rotator cuff injuries/mobility issues
- Stiff neck and back