trigger point massage therapy: dos and don’ts

All About Trigger Point Massage Therapy: DOs and DON’Ts

Have you ever experienced sharp pain when touching a specific point or part of your body? The right word to render it would be  “OUCH!”. If so, it’s likely a trigger point. Trigger points are typically areas that can make you yelp in pain.

In this article, we will cater to understanding Trigger Point Massage Therapy and its Dos and Don’ts. 

WHAT IS TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE THERAPY?

If you want a scientific and precise meaning, then think of trigger points as painful areas of muscle or connective tissue that are tightened. Huddling on a trigger point can inflict pain and support in determining the external area of the body that is in discomfort. Trigger points, on the other hand, can also be a junction from which pain radiates throughout the muscle and fascia, resulting in pain syndromes. Trigger point massages are hand given massages that can help relieve and ease these points or areas that are causing your pain.

While there is no one way to get a massage, different therapists may use different techniques to relieve your trigger points. Deep tissue massage, knot release massages, tension release massages, and so on are examples of these.

HOW DOES TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE WORK?

Trigger point massages can be given using maximum pressure or mild pressure by hands depending on which trigger point is being aided. No single way can be accomplished as the goal of these massages will be to release the knots that are causing pain, to help induce oxygen and blood into the pain-invaded areas, and to help remove waste material. This will result in muscle release, thereby relieving your pain.

Other methods of releasing trigger points include stretching and movement.

CAN TRIGGER POINTS BE AVOIDED?

Dos and don’t to avoid developing trigger points: 

Do’s

STRETCH AT REGULAR INTERVALS: It is recommended by doctors that one should stretch at regular intervals. Even if you only stretch for 5 minutes, it will be enough to release muscle tension caused by sitting in the same position or by pattern moments.

DO MOMENT EXERCISING: If you are someone who sits in one place for an extended period and then experiences back pains or stiffness, it is time to start doing exercises that will help keep your body functions intact. I mean, 10 minutes a day isn’t that difficult, is it?

TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION: The most important thing to understand is that immediate action should be taken to avoid major trigger points. As soon as you become aware of the possibility of a trigger point, take immediate action. If you don’t, you’ll be in for bigger problems in the future especially in the chilly weather of the Netherlands.

Don’ts

DON’T STAY IN THE COLD: Sounds like a parent’s advice, doesn’t it? But trust me it works!  Cold weather can cause the body to stiffen. Also, because the body cannot function as quickly as it does at normal temperatures, you will feel the need to sleep more. As a result, muscle stiffening and shortening can easily happen which in turn will stem in trigger points.

 

DON’T CREATE A PATTERN: Movement patterns are frequently those that we create when we repeatedly set the same route for muscle movement. This can result in the formation of trigger points.

 

DON’T OVERLOAD YOUR MUSCLES: Muscles become sore when they are overloaded with constant moments or when overworked because of which they develop protective spasms that help prevent further injury. This simply means that they create temporary pressure points that may cause pain when touched or when there is a sudden moment.

A WORD OF ADVICE: Help seek professional therapists to relieve your pain as they have an experience that may very well fit in aiding your trigger points. It may also turn out to be a rather relaxing time for you.

 

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