Trigger Point Therapy

TPT is a highly effective technique used in alleviating chronic pain and dysfunction. What exactly is a Trigger point? A firm, palpable, highly irritable, spot in a tight band of muscle fibers or fascia. Highly tender, usually has a referred pain (pain to other locations of the body) and loss of range of motion.

Most common TP’s are located in the upper musculature of the shoulders and trap muscles, along the neck, and in between both scapula. There are other areas of the body that have active trigger points. Some other common areas are in the lumbar area.

What does a Trigger point feel like? The symptoms vary depending on location, the amount of time it has been active and irritation the muscle. Most common can be one or a combination of the following:

  • A deep aching pain
  • A superficial (surface) aching
  • Pins and Needles
  • Numbness
  • Inflammation
  • Loss of Range of Motion
  • Weakness without atrophy in the muscles
  • Headaches

Trigger point release is administered a few different ways but the goal of releasing the pressure is the same. As with any modality is imperative that all safety is taken into consideration. TPT releases more toxins into the circulatory systems therefore precautions must be exercised to avoid overload of toxins. It is common to feel flu like symptoms after TPT because of the amount of toxins broken up.