What is Trigger Point Therapy?

Trigger point therapy involves the application of gentle yet firm pressure to specific areas along the body known as pressure or trigger points. This pressure is provided by the hands of a skilled physical therapist trained in pressure point release. 

Our professional team of therapists use specific techniques to relax and normalize trigger points within the fascia, which is a widespread fibrous tissue that encases your musculoskeletal structures. Fascia, which is normally flexible, is important for protecting things such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerves and helps them move together in a coordinated way. When things such as stress, injury, poor posture, repetitive movement, or poor nutrition are imposed on the body, the fascia can become stiff. Stiffness restricts the normal movement of the connective tissues beneath, leading to pain, immobility, and an increased risk of injury.

The primary goal of trigger point therapy is to release the tension and stress in the fascia and other structures within targeted treatment areas. By achieving this we are able to restore normal movement, relieve pain, and reduce your risk of further tissue damage.

What Are Trigger Points And Where Are They?

Trigger points, commonly referred to as “knots”, can be extremely uncomfortable, dense, stiff, and tender. These trigger points can be anywhere in the body, however, they are more commonly seen in the shoulders, back, and hips. Stress, illness, and/or injury can cause the connective tissue in these areas to have increased tension, stiffness, and discomfort.

What Conditions Can Be Treated With Trigger Point Therapy?

There are plenty of trigger points located throughout the body. Adhesions and activated trigger points of Fascial tissues can affect a variety of physiological systems and structures. Our team of professional physical therapists can provide myofascial release which is effective in treating numerous conditions, including:

  • Sciatica

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Medial and lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow)

  • Whiplash

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Neck pain

  • Back pain

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

  • Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder

How Should You Prepare For Therapy?

In order to maximize the effectiveness of trigger point therapy our team encourages you to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing with supportive shoes, essentially comfortable workout attire. 

When you arrive for your initial free-consultation, a member of our team of professional physical therapists will speak with you to review your medical history and address and questions of concerns you may have. The more information we receive the better and more accurate the diagnosis and plan of care will be which may include other types of therapy we provide as well.

Make sure you stay well hydrated throughout the day of your appointment, water is very important when it comes to helping your body heal and the effects of both active and passive therapy services can actually be amplified when you drink plenty of fluids.

Are you suffering through chronic or acute pain? Contact our team of professional therapists here at Performance Physical Therapy today and get your free consultation at our Sarasota, FL office. We provide drug-free and non-invasive pain management techniques through effective physical therapy.

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