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Triggerpoint therapy
Triggerpoint Therapy definitions
Triggerpoint Referral Patterns
Triggerpoint Treatments

Intro to Massage
Massage Modalities
Massage School Notes
Anatomy & Kinesiology
The Muscles
Massage Sequences
Swedish Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Alignment Therapy
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TriggerPoint Therapy
Trigger Charts

What is a Trigger Point?
Trigger points are tight and tender congested muscle spots filled with toxins and waste. They are hypersensitive parts of the muscle where there is decreased circulation, increased muscle contraction and spasm, and increased nerve sensitivity ranging from sharp pain to dull ache. Trigger points develop from:

a) overuse of a muscle
b) stress
c) trauma or accident
d) not stretching or
e) improper stretching before physical activity.



As mentioned a trigger point is a tight and tender spot in a muscle that refers pain (or "triggers" pain) to other areas of the body. If trigger points are not treated, they cause lingering pain even after an injury has healed, and can be the reason why headache, neck pain, and back pain keep returning year after year.

What causes a trigger point?
Some of the causes of trigger points in muscles are stress, excessive chilling, injury, overuse, and strain, as well as chemicals, drugs, alcohol, and environmental pollutants. Active trigger points keep the muscles tight, restricting blood flow and compressing nerves, which perpetuates a vicious pain-spasm cycle in the muscles. The effect of decreased flexibility limits movement, encouraging poor postural patterns that may sustain the cycle for years.

How does Trigger Point Therapy work?
Treatment of trigger points consists of application of sustained pressure for a long enough time to inactivate the muscle spasm. Pressure can be applied with a thumb, finger, knuckle, or elbow depending on the size, depth and thickness of the muscle being compressed. Pressure is sustained for 10 to 20 seconds and gradually increased as the trigger point releases. This simple procedure is one of the most powerful ways to treat pain and dysfunction in the body.

Key Benefits

  • Reduces pain
  • Reduces adhesions
  • Reduces referred pain pattern
  • Increased range of motion in affected muscles


Trigger Point Therapy Definitions

What is Trigger Point Myotherapy? Trigger Point Therapy Defined.

"Myo" means muscle. Trigger Point Myotherapy is a non-invasive
therapeutic treatment to relieve and control myofascial (muscular) pain and dysfunction related to chronic and acute health conditions. Trigger Charts

Trigger Point Therapy: Firm digital pressure causes hypoxia and reactive hyperemia that clears the triggerpoint.  Reconditioning the muscle after the pain is reduced makes latent triggerpoints less prone to reactivate.

Trigger Point Myotherapy is based on a Western medical model. It is the result of many years of research and documentation by medical doctors. Dr. Janet Travell, White House Physician to President's Kennedy and Johnson, researched and published the specific pain patterns and symptoms caused by Trigger Points. She developed the treatment to successfully locate, treat and deactivate Trigger Points.

Pain relief through Trigger Point Myotherapy is effective and successful when related to:
  • Headaches
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Arm Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Facial Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Stress
  • Scoliosis
  • Hand Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Strains
  • Shin Splints
  • TMJ
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Back Pain
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Wrist Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Muscle Pulls
  • Fibromylagia
  • Radicular Neuropathy
  • Whiplash
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Ankle Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Sciatica
  • Neck Pain
  • Spastic Colon
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Foot Pain
  • Sprains
  • Preoperative Treatment for Joint Replacement

Trigger Point Myotherapy is also effective in increasing muscular strength and range of motion. It controls persistent muscle spasms and tension often occurring after an accident, surgery and muscle abuse.

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