What is a Trigger Point Massage?

What is a Trigger Point Massage?
Massage Therapy

Trigger points are sore, painful spots—also called knots—found in muscles. These knots are sensitive and when pressure is applied, it produces pain in a different part of your body. A trigger point massage helps work out those knots and reduce the pain associated with them.

Muscle knots can happen to anyone because they’re caused by injury, using your muscles too much or too little, and poor posture.

Fortunately, many people experience immediate relief after just one trigger point massage!

How does trigger point therapy work?

The objective of trigger point therapy is releasing or softening a muscle knot to reduce (or eliminate) the knot pain and associated pain. This release happens by applying various levels of pressure to muscle knots, and then stretching the affected areas through a complete range of motion.

Though the “map” of muscle trigger points and associated pain is complicated, the process of relaxing the trigger points is simple.

What to expect during and after your trigger point massage

In this type of massage, your massage therapist focuses on rubbing and pressing your muscle knots. You may experience both discomfort and relief throughout the massage. After your massage, you may feel tired and have some soreness for a day or two. On the other hand, according to the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists, some people experience a boost in energy after trigger point massage.

How to avoid a trigger point massage

If you need a trigger point massage, we’re here for you. But we also want to help you avoid the pain of muscle knots in the first place!

3 ways to keep muscle knots at bay:

  1. Exercise – Whether you prefer strength training or stretching, moving your body regularly keeps your muscles limber.
  2. Take a break from sitting – Even if your job is sedentary, get up and move around once per hour.
  3. Get a monthly massage – A regular massage routine helps you relax, improve flexibility, and maintain healthy muscles.

Whether you’re stressing your body too much or too little, knotty muscles—and the pain that comes with them—can make it hard to find the energy to live your best life.

We can help you with that. If you’d like to help your stressed muscles release some built-up tension, give us a call to book a trigger point massage and a relaxing facial.

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