Trigger Point Therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on specific areas of the body experiencing pain or discomfort. It involves finding and relieving trigger points, which are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. Trigger Point Therapy is effective in relieving a variety of conditions such as neck and jaw pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and low back pain.
Trigger Point Therapy is based on the concept that trigger points are the source of referred pain. Referred pain is pain that is experienced in areas that are far away from the point of origin of the pain. Trigger points can be either latent or active. Active trigger points cause spontaneous pain and referred pain, while latent trigger points can become involved and cause pain if they are not addressed and treated.
The treatment of trigger points involves a variety of techniques, such as massage therapy, dry needling, or injecting the trigger point with B12. Trigger Point therapy breaks the chemical and neurological feedback loop that maintains muscle contraction, increases circulation in the restricted tissue, and directly relieves the trigger point’s knotted muscle fibers.