What are trigger points?
Trigger points are hyper irritable nodules or knots in our muscle fibers. The inside of the body is covered with soft tissue called fascia. This tissue covers every structure including organs, muscles, nerves and blood vessels. When the fascia is strained from overuse or trauma it can tear and adhere together. These adhesions are called “trigger points” and can prevent the muscles from working the way they are supposed to. Trigger points lead to an increase in muscle stiffness and tenderness and a decrease in range-of-motion. In addition, the discomfort from trigger points can radiate from the adhesion. This is called referred pain.
What is a trigger point massage?
As your therapist the first thing we want to do is find the trigger point. To do this we have to palpate the area until we find it. Sometimes we might not always be able to find them so we depend on our patient to tell us if that spot is irritable. Once we find the trigger point we hold pressure at about no more than a seven on your pain scale. We hold it there for about anywhere for ten seconds to thirty seconds or whenever we feel the tissue to release. Sometimes you can feel it soften under your skin or, the person will begin to feel a decrease in the pain referral pattern. Once the tissue releases and the referral starts to dissipate, either we go deeper into the tissue or move on and look for other trigger points in the cluster.
Our massage therapists here at OSR in Kailua are dedicated to helping you live a pain free life. By using the technique above, we provide our patients with individualized trigger point massages as a part of our integrated health center’s plan of care. If you are suffering from chronic pain, call us today to set up an appointment 488-5555!