Have you ever had that feeling during a massage, when the therapist pushes into a small, but painful area of muscle, and your body sings out “YES! That’s the spot!”? It’s likely the therapist found a trigger point, a small nodule or knot of contracted muscle fibres.
Unexplained aches and pains are often caused by these trigger points, which refer pain along nerve pathways and within bodily structures. A pain in your elbow may actually be caused by an active trigger point in your shoulder, and will only respond to treatment of that trigger point, rather than any treatment at the site of the pain.
Trigger points and their referred pain pathways have set patterns which have been mapped. If you are experiencing referred pain, your therapist will be able to trace it to the associated trigger point for treatment.
Concentrated pressure is applied at the trigger point, to release the contracted muscle fibres. At Therapy Works, this pressure is applied through massage or dry needling or true Acupuncture. The therapy is fast and effective, and pain can be removed or significantly reduced within 1 to 6 sessions.
Trigger point therapy is usually used in conjunction with remedial massage and acupuncture.