Trigger Point Massage Therapy
Trigger points are areas within muscle tissue that have increased neural input. This in turn can cause referred pain to certain parts of the body. Trigger point therapy involves applying pressure either by hands or a tool to help relax the area of increased neural input. We may simply apply pressure to a trigger to cause it to relax – a process called ischemic compression. We may also apply pressure to the trigger point and then guide you through a motion to alternate lengthening and shortening the muscle.
Sometimes also referred to as soft tissue treatment; this is a medical massage technique used to treat the fibrotic adhesions that develop within muscle and fascia. These adhesions are often a source of pain and discomfort and may be caused by larger injuries or the accumulation of daily stresses such as poor posture. Performance Health Clinics employs several different techniques to treat these conditions.