A trigger point is a point of tenderness within a muscle. They are felt as tense bands of tissue in muscles and tendons. They can cause pain either in the immediate area where they are found, or refer pain to another part of the body.
For example, if a client presents with pain down the side of the head in a question mark shape pattern, I would be looking for trigger points in the trapezius muscle in the shoulder.
Trigger points are caused by:
- overload strain
- direct trauma to the muscle
- poor posture
- repetitive activities
- physical, mental or emotional stress.
This therapy involves putting gentle pressure on a specific trigger point, to release the muscle and affected tissues. Trigger point therapy is particularly effective when used together with myofascial release, by working on the surrounding fascia and soft tissue.
Whilst working, I will rely on communicating with you on the level of discomfort that the trigger point gives you, and whether it changes in any way with pressure.
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