All the information about Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a hyperirritable part of a muscle that is painful when pressure is applied to it. It can cause pain both in the muscle where it is located, and in other muscles and tissues either close to or distant from the original point.
Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscles fibres. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. The therapist locates and deactivates them using finger pressure. This deactivation can be immediate or can take several sessions.
Trigger Point Therapy is suitable for all ages. It can be particularly effective for chronic pain (lasting longer than 8 weeks), and for injuries to sports people that keep re-occuring.
Much of the pain ascribed to osteoarthritis, particularly of the knee and shoulder, can be relieved by identifying trigger points in the muscles and releasing them. And if you keep pulling the same muscle, it could be because trigger points in that muscle or a related muscle have not been released and so keep repeating the pain.
It is worth considering trigger point therapy for many peripheral joint pains eg shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, that keep returning.
Trigger Point work is incorporated into other therapies or is a standalone treatment in itself.