What is a trigger point?
A Trigger point is a tight area within the muscle tissue or fascia that is an extremely sore point and can be felt as painful hardened lumps in the muscle.
Trigger points can be active or latent
When active, pain is caused and referred either locally or to another location within the body that runs along the nerve pathway. The referral pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. A latent trigger point does not cause pain unless pressure or strain is applied to the area of the trigger point.
What causes a trigger point?
- Muscle overload
- Poor posture
- Activation by other trigger points
- Disease such as inflammation
- Psychological distress such as stress
These factors can lead to and cause the muscle fibres to become distorted, forming contraction knots within the muscle tissue. Trigger points affect the muscle function and strength causing it to become unreliable, stiff, tight and weak.
Using Sports Massage to release trigger points and prevent injury
Trigger point massage Therapy is designed to alleviate the source of the pain by applying isolated pressure and release on the area. This alongside deep breathing from the client helps to ease the trigger point area of any intense discomfort that may be felt during the process. The benefits of trigger point massage are to release the restricted areas in the muscles and fascia and therefore alleviating pain.
By receiving trigger point therapy within a massage session on a regular basis will help to manage pain and stress caused by chronic injuries and help to ease overall muscle tightness and tension.
Other benefits of trigger point therapy:
- Reduction in muscle stiffness
- Increase range of movement
- Pain relief
- Increase flexibility