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.
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
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.
- Reduces pain
- Reduces adhesions
- Reduces referred pain pattern
- Increased range of motion in
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 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
- Shoulder Pain
- Arm Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Athletic Injuries
- Facial Pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Hand Pain
- Leg Pain
- Shin Splints
- Carpal Tunnel
- Back Pain
- Wrist Pain
- Knee Pain
- Muscle Pulls
- Radicular Neuropathy
- Menstrual Cramps
- Ankle Pain
- Neck Pain
- Spastic Colon
- Bell's Palsy
- Foot Pain
- 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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