What Is Trigger Point Therapy?

If you’re on a quest to find a cure for your aches and pains, you should look into trigger point therapy. Although this practice isn’t scientifically proven, many people find relief from treatment. Here’s more about this massage therapy practice.

What Is Trigger Point Therapy?

massageYou probably already know that your body contains little “knots” in your muscles. These are also known as trigger points and can occur because of tension or injury. They normally cause referred pain. This means that it’s very possible for a trigger point in your shoulder to cause the pain that you feel in some other part of your body.

When you receive treatment from a qualified therapist, you can expect to feel like your therapist is using their hands to bust up the various trigger points in your body. (One author compared it to popping pimples.) By breaking up these knots, you can feel tremendous relief.

However, be aware that most bodies are filled with trigger points, so it’s not very likely that one trigger point therapy session will remove all of your trigger points. In fact, if you have many trigger points in a particular area, it is called “myofascial pain syndrome.” Even with myofascial pain syndrome, trigger point therapy is still an appropriate treatment.

In order to discover the trigger points in your body, check out TriggerPoints.net. They have lots of information about various muscles in the body and where the trigger points are located.

Who Can It Help?

Trigger point therapy can help a variety of people. According to PainScience.com, trigger point therapy can help individuals suffering from:

  • Sciatica;
  • Chronic jaw pain, toothaches, earaches, sinusitis, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and dizziness; and
  • A sore throat or a lump in the throat.

It’s also helpful for anyone who has suffered a trauma or gone through surgery. In fact, it’s not uncommon for trigger points to create a pain that mimics appendicitis even after the appendix has been removed.

Also, if you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you may benefit from trigger point therapy. Sometimes, when the myofascial pain syndrome is extreme in someone, they can be misdiagnosed as having fibromyalgia.

How Can I Find a Therapist?

One of the best way to find a licensed therapist in anything is to check with one of their top organizations. Here is a link to the Therapist Directory with the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists. If you don’t happen to find anyone in your area through the NAMTPT link, you can always double check by Googling “trigger point therapy near me.”

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About Sarah Stockett

Hi, I'm Sarah! I'm a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a passion for pain relief. I believe you can use simple exercises to relieve your aches + pains. AND, I believe I can teach you how.