A trigger point is a tight area within muscle
tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may trigger pain in the
neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp
and intense or a dull ache. Trigger points are caused by muscle overuse or injury, and because the aches are associated
with moving parts, the pain is commonly mistaken for arthritis.
Trigger point massage (also known as myotherapy)
is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this
type of massage the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity
of the discomfort.
The result of trigger point massage is the elimination
of toxins in the muscles and the release of energizing endorphins. A significant decrease in pain is often found after
just one treatment.
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