Sunday, March 29, 2020




Ever wonder what can be done to help headaches, neck stiffness, carpal tunnel type symptoms, tennis elbow, bursitis, frozen shoulder, back pain, low back stiffness, sciatica, shin splints?

Treating trigger points may be able to offer you immediate relief.

Trigger points are accumulations of waste products around a nerve receptor and they can occur in any muscle or within any aspect of connective tissue. Often they feel like nodules or taut bands of fibres within the soft tissues.

Trigger points often form in muscles which have been overused or injured due to an accident or surgery. Activation of a trigger point is caused by trauma, repetitive motion, repetitive strain, poor body mechanics or posture, compensation, sedentary lifestyle, overexertion, stress, accident, improper diet, overwork, and/or fatigue. Common characteristics are increased muscle tension and muscle shortening. Increased muscle tension is the primary side-effect of trigger points and pain is the most common secondary effect.

Trigger points can present themselves as referred patterns of sensation such as sharp pain, dull ache, tingling, pins and needles, hot or cold, as well as can create symptoms such as nausea, ear ache, equilibrium disturbance, or blurred vision. They can be latent or active. An active trigger point is a very painful and tender area with a referred pain pattern. A latent trigger point is only tender when palpated.

To diffuse a trigger point, static compression (pressure) is applied for 10 seconds, released, then pressure applied for 10 more seconds in a pumping action while the client breathes deeply. When pressure is applied to a specific trigger point, a twitch response (literally, a twitch is seen within the muscle) or a jump sign (client jumps or cries out) may be witnessed. Pressure is then applied to the trigger point or trigger band in order to relieve the pain and dissolve the point. As a trigger point is held, the muscle tension yields to the finger pressure, enabling the fibres to “let go,” blood to flow more freely, and toxins to be released and eliminated. This increase and regeneration of circulation will allow oxygen and other nutrients to flow, decrease stress, and ultimately strengthen resistance to disease and promote well-being. Releasing trigger points also releases endorphins so the result is elimination of discomfort as well as being energized.

Trigger point massage is not a relaxing, “fluff and buff” technique. It requires the participation of the client to communicate the presence and intensity of pain and discomfort. The therapist and client work together as a team to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment.

Trigger Point Therapy is a subset of neuromuscular therapy which examines and treats muscles and muscle attachments in layers from superficial to deep, ligaments and connective tissues.

Trigger point therapy is not a miracle cure for chronic pain….but it’s close! Trigger point therapy is usually used in combination with Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and other forms of bodywork. Many massage therapists have a wealth of hands-on experience of muscle tissue, but know surprisingly little about myofascial pain syndrome.

 With gratitude for Text from MSCM London

I am now running another clinic on Saturdays in an spideal Spiddal, treatments can be carried out in english or as gaeilge, GAA Welcome, I will be doing Sports Injury, Physical Therapy, Massage, Sports Aromatherapy, Taping and Straping, Triggerpoint Dry Needling (a type of sports accupuncture), Myofascial Release, Ultrasound etc. for appointments call 0870563411 Club Accounts welcome.

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