Should You Consider Trigger Point Therapy?

Do you suffer from acute or chronic pain? One possible treatment option may be trigger point therapy, a form of massage therapy. You might also hear it referred to as myofascial trigger point therapy or neuromuscular therapy. The goal of this pain management technique is to locate and release trigger points, which are like “knots” in the muscle. Trigger points are very tense areas of muscle fibers that may form in response to an injury.

Understanding Trigger Point Therapy

All trigger points are found in the skeletal muscle. They can cause pain in their immediate area, as well as referred pain in other areas. In addition to pain, trigger points can restrict movement and result in muscle weakness. A massage therapist can find these trigger points and apply gentle, steady pressure combined with movement to release them. The application of firm pressure perpendicular to the muscle will often result in a local twitch response, which is the temporary and visible or palpable contraction of the muscle. The local twitch response tells the massage therapist that he or she has found the right spot to release the trigger point.

Identifying the Conditions Trigger Point Therapy Can Help

Trigger point therapy is known to benefit patients with a wide range of painful conditions. It might be right for you if you suffer from any of the following:

  • Acute or chronic low back pain
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain or disorder
  • Headache
  • Migraines
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tinnitus
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoarthritis

Trigger point therapy can also benefit patients with sports injuries. It may help relieve pain to the extent that patients can actively participate in physical therapy.

Learning What to Expect from Trigger Point Therapy

If you decide to give trigger point therapy a try, the therapist can explain what to expect. Sometimes, the therapist will only use manual techniques to manipulate the knots in the muscle. Other therapists may use a dry needling technique, which involves the insertion of a needle into the trigger point.

The talented massage therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors at Manhattan Total Health look forward to helping you achieve your health goals. You can call (917) 720-2689 to request an appointment for medical massage therapy in New York, NY. We welcome patients with acute and chronic injuries, and those who are seeking injury prevention care.

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