Trigger Point Therapy is a
technique that uses static pressure or a deep
stroking motion (milking) on or across the
trigger point to deactivate it. To gain
maximum benefits, enough pressure is applied to
the trigger point, initiating a 7/10 pain.
This pain is described as a "good hurt".
Moderate amounts of pain are necessary and
therapeutic in that they disrupt the
neurological feedback loop that maintains the
slow, deep, short stroke (no more than 1 stroke
per second) or static pressure (holding 8-10
seconds) is applied several times to the trigger
point. This repeated milking action moves
the blood and lymph fluid out of the area more
efficiently. The lymph contains the
accumulated waste that has been generated by the
continuously contracted muscle fibers.
Each time the
pressure is released, fresh blood immediately
flows in bringing oxygen and nutrients that the
knotted muscle fibers were being deprived of.
of the deep stroking massage is that it helps
get the stretch back in the muscle fibers within
the trigger point. Too much pressure or
prolonged work can make the pain worse for 1-2
days or cause nausea and wooziness. This
will not have a negative affect on the
treatment. Shorter treatment time, less
pressure and more sessions are then recommend.
WHAT IS A TRIGGER
Point is a small knot/contraction in the muscle
which is distinctively painful when pressure is
applied. It affects the muscle by keeping
it both tight and weak. At the same it
also maintains a hard contraction on the muscle
fibers directly connected to it, and in turn
causing constant tension on the muscle's
attachments. This constant tension
restricts circulation, depriving the muscle
tissue of oxygen and nutrients.
Trigger Points can develop
in any of the 200 pairs of muscles in the body
and affects adults, children and babies.
Studies suggest that trigger points are a
component of up to 93% of the pain seen in pain
clinics. The defining symptoms of a
trigger point is referred pain. Referred
pain is often felt as a deep ache, although
movement can sharpen the pain. Here at Anchor Physical Therapy
in Pittsburgh Pa our physical therapists are experts in the
field of Trigger Point Therapy.
SOME EXAMPLES OF
Low Back Pain
can exist indefinitely in a latent state in
which they don't actively refer pain, but can be
activated by very little stress or strain.
The pain inflicted by the trigger points may be
the biggest case of disability and loss of time
in any workplace, sports or around the home.
That is, anywhere people are apt to overdo some
activity. Trigger Point symptoms include
pain, muscle stiffness, weakness, edema, nausea,
dizziness and postural distortions.
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