Trigger Point Massage - How To Avoid The Most Common Mistakes
Many people know of massage therapy, but many don't realize it is a specific type of therapy. Many tend to confuse massage with manicure or pedicure. But, there are major differences between these kinds of therapy. In manicure and pedicure, the focus is more on removing the nail polish and making the cuticle easy - that does not really apply to massage. Trigger point massage is a much more targeted approach, focusing directly on releasing painful trigger points within the body, which can lead to chronic pain and emotional stress.
Trigger point massage targets the tightest parts of the body (most often the lower back and neck), helping to enhance mobility, posture, and range of motion. While the majority of massage isn't painful, some may be. If you are getting a massage at a professional facility, the masseuse can use massage oil or a lubricant in order to reduce the sensation that could come with some kinds of massage. Slimming down is usually recommended so you do not risk triggering the knots that could cause pain.
The term"trigger point" refers to the specialized areas where massage therapy focuses its attention. There are in fact hundreds of these points across the body, but if the pain occurs, it's typically located in a certain area. Trigger points are often hyper-sensitive, meaning that they are"on" over other areas in the body. Because of this, chronic pain from such spots may lead to discomfort in many locations. Trigger points can be activated by activities like repetitive movement (running, jumping, etc..)
Trigger points can be very tricky to target and treat, but with some basic self-massage techniques it is possible to improve circulation, reduce muscle knots, loosen knots, and so on. For instance, when I do my weekly Swedish massage, I begin with my hands and go up to my shoulders. I work my way down to my arms, working the muscles along my back. Then I bring myself back up to my throat and continue the massage from there.
Some therapists have been known to indicate stretching to the relief of pain, but if your muscles are tight, it will only worsen the situation. This is the reason it's important to start at the source: together with the muscles. While a therapist may be able to target specific tender points, they generally don't know enough about your individual condition to effectively target the regions for the best results.
Another common recommendation by massage therapists is to apply a cold compress to the trigger factors. Cold compress is actually very effective in reducing pain, but it does not always work. Cold compress only works because the blood vessels surrounding the hyper-sensitive regions become smaller. This results in decreased blood flow and decreased oxygen to the muscles, which then causes more pain.
If you're searching for trigger point therapy to help with chronic pain, or to relieve the discomfort of accidents or sports injuries, start looking for a supplier who has experience treating injuries and sports injuries. Look also for providers who focus on trigger point massage. You want someone who is fully trained and knowledgeable in this treatment method. A massage therapist who is just starting out may not have the experience you need.
Trigger points are almost everyone's worst nightmare, and almost everyone would like to avoid them as much as possible. Trigger points are knots, either shallow or deep, that form in muscles. There are many different knots, and each person develops a different sensitivity to pain. Trigger point massage is often recommended for the removal or reduction of these troublesome knots.