Trigger Point Release
I’ve heard of trigger point therapy before. What is it?
Trigger point release involves the application of gentle yet firm pressure to specific areas along the body, known as pressure or trigger points. This pressure is provided by the hands of a skilled registered massage therapist trained in pressure point release.
The manual pressure provided in trigger point release is intended to relax and normalize trigger points within the fascia, a widespread, sheath-like, fibrous tissue encasing your musculoskeletal structures. Fascia, which is normally pliant and flexible, is important for protecting muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves and helps them move together in a coordinated way. However, when stress, injury, sustained posture, improper loading or repetitive movement, or poor nutrition or hydration is imposed on the body, the fascia can become inelastic and stiff. This restricts the normal movement of the connective tissues beneath, leading to pain, immobility, and even an increased risk of injury.
To this end, trigger point release is intended to “release” the tension and stress in the fascia and other structures within targeted treatment areas, thus restoring normal movement, relieving pain, and reducing your risk of further tissue damage. If you think you could benefit from trigger point release offered at Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation, request an appointment with us today!
What conditions may benefit from trigger point release?
Fascial tissue is located throughout your body, so adhesions and activated trigger points anywhere within this tissue can affect a wide number of physiological systems and structures. Our Oakville, ON registered massage therapy team has found trigger point release to be effective for numerous conditions, including:
- Back Pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Medial and lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow, respectively)
How should I prepare for trigger point release?
Know that when you first arrive for your initial appointment, one of our Oakville, ON registered massage therapists will take you through a thorough patient history questionnaire and physical examination. You’ll be encouraged to ask questions along the way to help us gain insight into your unique condition and help us provide you with an accurate diagnosis and plan of care.
We always encourage our patients to stay well-hydrated both before, during, and after treatment. Water is essential to helping your body heal, and the effects of both active and passive therapeutic services (including trigger point release) are amplified when you drink plenty of fluids. Aim for one third to one half your body weight in fluid ounces per day, or more if you exercise a lot or have a physically demanding job.
Are you struggling with acute or chronic pain?
Request an appointment at Leaps and Bounds: Performance Rehabilitation in Oakville, ON today to learn more about trigger point release and other drug-free and non-invasive techniques. We’re happy to connect you with a physiotherapist who can help you start feeling better as soon as possible.