Do you suffer from painful knots in your back and shoulders? Ever wondered why you suffer from infrequent headaches? Trigger point therapy goes beyond the level of benefits of relaxation and deep tissue massage. Trigger point therapy is done by applying pressure to specific individual points throughout the body, allowing adhesions, knots and deep rooted tension release and provide the pain relief you have been looking for. Trigger point therapy is particularly affective for chronic pain and conditions such as frozen shoulder.
What to find out more?
If you feel that the source of your problems may be as a result of trigger points why suffer in pain any longer? We are specialists in trigger point therapy and would like to help you return to a normal pain free lifestyle as quickly as possible.
For more information or to book a trigger point therapy session here in Dublin please call us on (01) 236 6648.
What is a trigger point?
Areas such as the shoulders are common sites where you can find and palpate a trigger point. To the touch, a trigger point can feel like a small pea buried deep inside the muscle and fascia. In some cases it can be difficult to feel the actual trigger point because the entire muscle may be affected resulting in extreme tenderness. Trigger points can be extremely hyperirritable and often refer into the hand from the shoulder. A muscle can become short and weak as a result of trigger points and if remains untreated, symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, repetitive strain and pain occur. It may surprise you to know that around 75% of people suffering from pain have a trigger point as the sole source of their pain.
The foremost expert in the field of trigger point therapy research was Dr. Janet Travell. Dr Travell spent her entire lifetime studying and researching myofascial trigger points up until her death at 95 years of age. Her first journal article on trigger points was published in 1942. Dr Travell called this kind of pain “the scourge of mankind” because people from all backgrounds and ages are affected with myofascial trigger points.
So highly regarded, Dr Travell was the White House physician over two presidencies starting with John F Kennedy.
The deceptive pain of trigger points:
Trigger points refer pain to other parts of the body making it difficult diagnosing trigger point pain. Sometimes they can be mistaken as arthritic pain, tendonitis or bursitis.
Trigger point symptoms can be varied and clients often complain of:
- Dizziness and vision disturbances
- Joint pain such as tennis elbow
- Sinus congestion
- Chronic fatigue
Unfortunately, trigger points do not show up with almost all of the current imaging methods, including X-ray, MRI, CT & Ultra-Sound, add to this the fact that many Doctors and even specialists know little about myofascial trigger points, leads to many patients suffering needless ongoing symptoms.
There are a number of things that can encourage trigger points to develop. Most culprits are repetitive strains, overwork, and repetitive motions. Most of these may be related to your work and such as poor body mechanics and posture. You may need to consider ways you can adapt or modify your habits.
It is important to find a skilled physical therapist that is knowledgeable in how to treat myofascial trigger points to treat your chronic pain effectively and permanently. Speak to your physical therapist or massage therapist for more information and ideas on how to maintain your body and prevent occurrences such as trigger points from affecting you and your daily activities.