Overuse, stress or injury can cause specific areas of muscle and muscle groups to contract and form small, tender, fibrous nodules, also known as knots. Trigger Point Therapy consists of cycles of applying and releasing isolated pressure relieve pain and help gain mobility in these areas. Clients can notice a significant decrease in pain after one session. A series of sessions are sometimes required to help manage pain relief especially from chronic injuries.
Aggrevation in one area of the body can cause pain in another area. This is known as referral or referred pain. Thus, pressure is applied to one muscle belly to alleviate pain in another area. You might also feel pain in another area different from the current target area during your massage. A common example is tight shoulders and neck can be related to a tension headache. Applying pressure to trigger points in the shoulders or neck area could alleviate a nagging headache. It is important to talk to your massage therapist to determine if Trigger Point Therapy is best for the symptoms you a feeling.