Trigger Point Therapy

What is a trigger point?

Trigger points are defined as hyperirritable, tight and tender points within muscle and tendon tissue that can cause pain locally or produce predictable patterns of referred pain (pain felt at a site other than where the cause is situated). These localised spots vary in size and are embedded within the muscle fibres. They have been described as “tiny lumps”, “hard peas” and “large lumps” Symptoms can range from intolerable agonizing pain caused by “active” trigger points, to painless restriction of movement and distortion of posture from “latent” trigger points.

Referred pain is an important characteristic of a trigger point. It differentiates a trigger point from a tender point, which is associated with pain at the site of palpation only.

Trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy is effectively used in conjunction with sports massage and also works well as a ‘quick fix’ to reduce pain and improve range of movement. It is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.

Many patients experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment.

What should I expect during a session?

The therapist applies pressure to specific trigger points which are causing pain and/or restricting movement. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or a local twitch response.

Trigger points are classified as being in active or latent phase, depending on their clinical characteristics. An active trigger point causes pain at rest and is painful during palpation with a referred pain pattern that is similar to the patient’s pain complaint. Referred pain is felt not at the site of the trigger-point origin, but remote from it. The pain is often described as spreading or radiating. Trigger points classed as being in latent phase can cause weakness and restriction of movement but no pain is felt.

Fit n Well provides Trigger Point Therapy in Stone, Staffordshire.