Trigger Point Release

Trigger Point Therapy was pioneered and developed in this country by Dr Janet Travell, President John F Kennedy’s personal physician during his years of persistent back pain. Today it is commonly referred to as Neuromuscular Therapy.

A trigger point is a hyper-irritable tender spot in an abused muscle that refers pain (triggers pain) to other muscles. This is why the pain in your neck from a shoulder muscle and the pain in your low back from a hip muscle.

If the trigger points are not treated, they can be the culprits in lingering pain even after an injury has healed, and the reason why the headache, neckache, and backache keep returning year after year. Some of the causes of trigger point activity in your muscles are stress, excessive chilling, injury, overuse, strain, as well as chemical, drugs, alcohol, and environmental pollutants.

Active trigger points keep the muscles tight, restricting blood flow and compressing nerves perpetuating a vicious pain-spasm cycle in the muscles. The effect of decreased flexibility limits movement encouraging postural patterns which may sustain the cycle for years. Trigger Point Release Therapy is a valuable component of preventive as well as rehabilitative care.

The various neuromuscular techniques to release trigger points and restore movement are being studied today by many health care professionals. Some of the neuromuscular therapy techniques, also referred to as neuromuscular re-education, are:

  • Frictioning across the muscle fibers and ends of muscles
  • Shaking, stroking, and stretching of muscles and fascia
  • Joint movements, isometric exercises and stretching
  • Direct pinpoint pressure on the trigger point
  • Release of associated skin, tendon, and ligament trigger points
  • Myofascial Release
  • Fascial Smoothing

Everyone is a unique individual – as much as two bodies are alike – like fingerprints, they each are different. For some people one technique will work very well. For others, a combination of techniques or a completely different technique or process is needed. Most skilled health care professionals are educated to know when to refer a client for another form of therapy.

At Positive Body Dynamics our Professional Team of Massage Therapists incorporate many modalities to meet your individualized and specific needs, therefore our pricing reflects time increments rather than modalities. We look forward to serving you.




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