When most people think of massage, a spa like experience comes to mind. But true massage therapy can be something that is very different. Recently, I have been thinking more about a treatment called trigger point therapy. Not only does trigger point therapy apply to massage, but there are different methods that apply to chiropractors and acupuncturists as well.
A trigger point acupuncture, also known as “dry needle”, which can be used by acupuncturists.
A trigger point is basically a tight area in the muscle tissue. But it is different from other points because when pressed, it may cause pain in another area of the body, also known as referred pain. For example, a trigger point in the back may cause pain to travel up to the neck and even the head. During a trigger point massage, the therapist seeks out knots within the muscle of the client to find trigger points. Next they apply cycles of isolated pressure directly to and around the area of the trigger point to alleviate the tension and pain.