Active trigger points (often referred to as “knots” or as myofascial dysfunction) create pain when pressure is applied to a specific region within a muscle. Trigger point therapy is a technique that involves our physios identifying taut, palpable ‘bands or knots” within a muscle which is considered over-active and causing pain and working to maximise recovery.
Trigger point therapy is a therapy designed to speed up recovery from injury and relieve pain. The technique involves applying pressure to areas of muscle tightness or ‘knots’. This helps to reduce muscle tension and promote healing.
The pressure of trigger point therapy affects some of your nerves and muscles (specifically the neuromuscular system) so that pain decreases. This encourages the muscles to return to their normal state and reduce pain and tightness. Our physiotherapists are well experienced in using this alongside other management strategies to assist with a wide range of conditions.
Trigger point therapy can be used in different parts of the body sometimes as the main part of treatment and sometimes as one of many techniques to help you with your pain or problem. Here is what a session may involve:
These techniques can be employed throughout the body on various muscles. However, previous research has shown it to be more effective in certain clinical scenarios such as those outlined below: