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Trigger Point Massage

Trigger Point Massage

Trigger Point Massage

When you’re experiencing myofascial pain, it may be due to trigger points, which are also known as knots in the muscles. These sensitive areas within muscles are often painful when pressed. You may have developed trigger points as a result of various reasons, including injury, overuse and strains. What’s more, the symptoms can be long-lasting and debilitating. If you’re left fatigued and sore due to trigger points, contact our team at Motus Integrative Health. Trigger point therapy provides the relief you’re looking for. Discover why trigger point massage should be a part of your wellness plan. 

What Are Trigger Points?

Trigger points are often attributed to myofascial pain, a common condition that affects the musculoskeletal system. Sensitive spots, referred to as trigger points or “knots,”  develop along the fascia. The fascia tissues comprise the taut connective bands that make up the muscles. When these trigger points are pressed, they cause significant pain that sometimes affects other areas of the body, known as reactive pain. 

For some patients, the pain is situational and resolves within a few weeks. However, there are instances when the trigger points do not go away over time, but may even worsen. Prolonged pain raises all sorts of questions, and many times, it takes visiting a chiropractor to get to the bottom of the pain. 

Trigger points typically cause several distinct symptoms, such as: 

  • Tenderness. One of the distinguishing signs is if your muscles are very tender to the touch. Tenderness often indicates tissue tension.
  • Stiffness. If it’s hard to move your arms, legs or another part of your body, it could be due to muscle stiffness. Decreased motion is sometimes indicative of a trigger point. You may also experience cramping and aches. 
  • Pain That Spreads. Sometimes, trigger points can cause pain in other areas of the body in a phenomenon known as reflective pain. 
  • Temperature Difference. It’s common for a trigger point to feel abnormally warmer than nearby areas. 
  • Headaches. If a trigger point happens in the neck, shoulders or even the upper back, it’s possible to develop a tension headache. 
  • Uneven Skin Texture. Muscle knots sometimes create a bumpy texture underneath the skin, allowing you to directly feel the knot. 

These trigger points often are found in the hamstrings, calf muscles, lower back and upper trapezius muscles.

Specialized Massage Solves Your Discomfort

While myofascial pain syndrome can be difficult to manage, know that there are plenty of holistic solutions available at our office. Trigger point massage targets muscle knots to eliminate tension, pain and improve mobility. By treating the trigger point, we’ll also relieve reactive pain in other parts of your body.

Massaging trigger points promotes blood flow to the muscle tissues, which then reduces inflammation and tension. 

Find a Way to a Pain-Free Life

Achieving a pain-free lifestyle is possible with our chiropractors at Motus Integrated Health. We’re committed to helping each patient find solutions that work best for their individual circumstances. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of trigger points and are interested in our available treatments, call our office

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