A “trigger point” is a tightened area of the body that causes a sharp pain or dull ache in another area of the body. Such a trigger point may manifest as a “knot” or hardened, swollen, tender area that is sensitive area to the touch.
When one area of the body causes pain in another area, this is called “referred pain” — it is interesting that such referred pain normally occurs along a predictable pathway.
Trigger point therapy is addressed to the trigger point itself, and its methods are designed to relax tense muscles, improve of blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex. Cyclic compression is used along with friction and stretching to drive blood out of the trigger point area for a time before allowing the blood to surge back in.
Successful practitioners are trained on human anatomy and know all the pain referral zones for the area being addressed. But what’s really interesting is how the initial trigger point may start a chain reaction. For example, a trigger point in the back can cause pain in the leg. The leg pain can then act like a relay or satellite trigger point, causing pain in the foot.
This form of massage alleviates the source of the pain through cycles of pressure and release while the recipient participates by giving direct feedback on the exact location and any fluctuation of pain.
As for results, after just one session of therapy, many people have experienced a noticeable lessening of pain. Regular sessions of trigger point therapy can help diminish pain from chronic injuries and bring an wonderful improvement in wellbeing.