What Are the Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy

Nina Dali Monday, December 5, 2022

People who suffer from chronic pain without wanting to use opioids or other risky pain management treatments are finding relief through trigger point therapy. Trigger Point Therapy has been incorporated into the treatment plans of many physical therapists to treat chronic and acute pain, as well as certain medical conditions and symptoms. 

Are you unfamiliar with trigger point therapy? Discover the benefits of trigger point therapy and decide if it is right for you.

How do Trigger Points work?

A trigger point is a painful knot of soft tissue that develops during overuse, lack of use, or from trauma. Pain can radiate to other parts of the body from trigger points when they are pressed. Trigger points are usually sore and painful when pressed. The neck and back are the areas where trigger points tend to be the most problematic. When a trigger point is triggered, you can expect to feel sharp pain followed by a nagging or throbbing sensation that can last for weeks or months.

Why is Trigger Point Therapy so effective?

The goal of trigger point therapy is to release pressure on a knotted muscle, allowing the knot to relax. You will receive treatment based on your symptoms or condition, and by what your physical or occupational therapist recommends. The most common trigger point therapies are therapeutic massage, dry needling, and trigger point release.

There are many benefits to trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy has numerous benefits. The technique not only reduces headaches and muscle tension, but also improves flexibility and range of motion. Pain relief and improved posture have been reported by patients who have used it.

As there is no medication involved, patients can seek treatment during lunchtime without having to drive or worry about side effects; it also reduces or eliminates their need for pain medication and opioids.

There is generally no pain associated with trigger point therapy. Although dry needling is minimally invasive and some massage therapies can leave you feeling sore, the pain relief is worth it.

Massage therapy, utilizing trigger point therapy, can help ease the source of pain by applying isolated pressure and releasing it while deep breathing exercises help improve blood circulation and release constricted areas of the muscles.

Most importantly, trigger point therapy has proven successful in treating pain caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal pain, TMJ disorder, herniated discs, sciatica, even Parkinson's disease and cancer.

Trigger Point Therapy Types

Trigger points can be released using a variety of techniques. If appropriate, your physician may recommend you try one or more of these:

·         Massage therapy is a very effective way of removing stubborn muscle knots. The best option for treating severe trigger points is to see a licensed massage therapist. Although you may be able to work out some of the knots yourself, it's best to leave the work to the professionals. The practiced hands of a massage therapist can break up trigger point scar tissue and improve blood flow to the area, allowing much-needed oxygen and nutrients to reach the muscles.

·         Manual spinal manipulation is a part of chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments are traditionally used to treat joint alignment issues, but they can also treat muscle pain and tightness caused by trigger points. A variety of advanced methodologies can help improve your overall health and wellness by addressing the root cause of pain and restricted mobility.

·         Dry needling is similar to acupuncture, but its uses are very different. The purpose of dry needling is to target trigger points that tense up under stress. To help the muscle return to its normal, elongated state, sterilized, thin monofilament needles are inserted into the knot.

·         Trigger point injections are minimally invasive treatments that target trigger points with Sarapin, an anti-inflammatory plant-based drug. As opposed to corticosteroids, this medication does not gradually wear out cartilage or tendons. There is no need to worry about Sarapin injections not being administered by a licensed medical professional.

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