Neuromuscular Therapy, also known as Trigger Point therapy, is a technique that targets ‘trigger points’ surrounding skeletal muscle. Best used for overworked or injured muscles, trigger points, are used to help decrease pain to strained muscle areas.
What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger Points, or muscle knots, are identifiable sources of unexplained pain that frequently radiate from these points. They are basically like knots that most commonly appear after injuries or from poor posture. When trigger points are untreated, it can decrease the blood flow to your muscles, increase pain, and eventually affect your entire quality of life.
How Does Trigger Point Therapy Work?
With the Trigger Point Model, a massage therapist will identify trigger points that are associated with your pain. Once these painful trigger points are found, pressure is applied with fingertips that help release the tension in those points, and in turn decrease pain. You will experience small amounts of pain as the tension releases, however you’ll notice the benefits will start working immediately. You may see an increase in energy levels, as well as a difference in your natural range of motion and length.
Who is Trigger Point Therapy Good for?
Trigger Point Therapy is most often used for overused muscles or a standard muscle injury. It can be used a means to avoid surgery as a temporary treatment option, and used for most muscle pains. Some examples include:
- Headache & Jaw Pain
- Recent Sprains and Strains
- Lower Back Pain
What is Referral Pain?
Releasing trigger points can cause pain in other areas, also known as “referral pain.” This occurs when a sensation is felt elsewhere in the body. For example, lets say you have a splitting headache. There’s a good chance that your problem-causing trigger-points are located on your neck and upper trapezius muscles. The referral pain can spread or “travel” up to your head, causing the splitting headache. Once those trigger points are released, you’re headache is likely to decrease almost immediately.