How Trigger Point Massage Therapy Can Help

trigger-point-massage-orlando-sxchuA trigger point can be referred to as small knots or lumps within the muscles which not only cause pain at that particular point but also cause pain to different areas of the body. The main reason behind the occurrence of trigger points is injured or overworked muscles, improper posture, car accidents, moving furniture and various other activities which push the muscles beyond the capacity.

But, it is definitely possible to treat these points with the help of different invasive procedures. Medically these points can be treated by using injections which might include botulism toxin, steroids, anaesthetic and saline. There is no doubt about the fact that injections will provide instant relief from the pain but they are associated with high risks of organ and soft tissue damage. A better alternative is available in the form of massage and exercises which help with strengthening of the joints and prevent the occurrence of trigger points.

This type of procedure deals with the repeated release and pressure of such points within the body. It definitely hurts a person when such a procedure is performed but considering the long term relief it offers, it is worthwhile to bear the pain for some time. Release of trigger point especially for the case of physically active patients, improves their ability to lift items, move and even support their own body. While the procedure is performed, patients witness a decrease in size of trigger points. Even though, the pressure applied at the point might remain constant but that does not hurt the overall progress of the procedure. Throughout the entire course of treatment, pressure remains fairly constant till the time the point reduces in size and is released. Medications like Aleve and Advil helps in reducing the discomfort associated with the procedure but definitely do not interfere with muscle recovery. After the treatment of the points, the patient not only feels decrease in pain at those particular points but also in referring areas where the actual cause of pain was not known.

It is vital for an active person to maintain muscle health with the help of massage. Recurrence of such points can be avoided by performing such procedures on a daily basis. Instead of undergoing painful, expensive and lengthy procedures, patients can easily treat such conditions through these simple procedures. Trigger points can be stopped before they get too big and released possibly within one session.

Research for these points started during the 1930s mainly in Australia and the UK. The back pain of J. F. Kennedy was treated by the famous researcher of these points, Dr. Janet Travell. These points have recently gained a lot of attentions especially in the field of occupational therapy, physical therapy as well as sports medicine. Self treatment of a recent trigger point is not at all a difficult task. Release of the trigger points can be achieved with the help of various types of therapy objects like TheraCane massagers, tennis ball and even firm foam rollers with ease and convenience.

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About Doug Powell

Doug Powell, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida offering Swedish, deep tissue, sports and therapeutic massage therapy. He is a graduate of the Orlando Institute of Massage Therapy where he finished his studies at the top of his class. He has practiced professional massage therapy in Orlando since 1996 and is a member of the Massage Network and International Massage Association. If you suffer from chronic muscle tension, pain or persistent stress, discover how my professional services can help you! Get Well and Stay Well My goal as a natural health care practitioner is to encourage the body and mind to regain and maintain their normal function. Indeed, when you create health, dis-ease disappears. As you help the body regain it’s normal function, many health problems resolve naturally. Some of the conditions I have successfully worked with include: low back pain joint pain neck and shoulder pain chronic low energy/weakness stress overload Is This Work Right for You? People come to me for a variety of reasons. For many, a weekly massage serves as an antidote to stress or as a recuperative phase of their fitness program. Others are looking for help with chronic pain or injuries. The services I offer are tailored to meet your needs whether you are ill, in tip-top shape, or somewhere in between. The goal is to increase your wellness: your vitality, your ease of movement, the function of your body, and your peace of mind.
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