Trigger point massage therapy, is a bodywork technique that involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.
Trigger point massage therapy was developed by Dr. Janet Travell in the United States in the 1940’s. Through her work and events in her personal life, Dr. Travell advanced the theory that pain experienced in one part of the body is actually caused by an injury or dysfunction in another part of the body. Ultimately, she mapped what she termed the body’s trigger points and the manner in which pain radiates to the rest of the body. Dr. Travell’s work came to national attention when she treated President John F. Kennedy for his back pain.
Active trigger point causes muscular pain and will transfer pain and tenderness to other areas of the body when pressure is applied. Latent trigger points cause stiff joints and limited range of motion.
Trigger points are caused by birth trauma, injury from a fall or accident, surgery, poor posture, overexertion, repeated motion, repeated strain, and loss of resilience.
Benefits of Trigger Point Massage Therapy
Swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced