Myofascial Trigger Point Release is a therapeutic massage technique that can help to reduce the pain, swelling and stiffness caused by trigger points (muscle knots).
The Rmt will work to decrease the nervous system’s response to the pain caused by trigger points. Once the pain has reduced, the muscle is able to relax and its functional ability can be restored.
The technique is available from Massage therapy Vancouver.
We suggest that a course of 6-12 treatments is required for a single trigger point release session. However, individual treatment time may vary depending on the size of the trigger point area on the body.
Before the Trigger Point Release Treatment Begins
A full assessment of your symptoms will be conducted by the RMT. This will include an examination of the area of concern.
The RMT will then work to find the trigger point by applying a firm pressure to the area.
The therapist should ask you to let them know if you feel any pain, particularly if it is a sharp, stabbing pain. This is a good indication that you are close to the trigger point.
The RMT will continue to apply pressure but will also move around the area to try to locate the trigger point.
Once the trigger point has been located, the RMT will apply a sustained pressure to the area.
The pressure may be increased at times. This is done to try to break down the tissues around the trigger point.
The treatment is usually painless. However, you may feel some sensation or something like a ‘twitch’ in the muscle. This is known as a twitch response.
You should not feel any pain during the treatment.
Once the area has been treated, the RMT will then apply a sustained pressure to the area for about 30 seconds.
Your RMT may then move to the next trigger point area.
The trigger point release treatment is usually completed with a light massage to the area.
After the Trigger Point Release Treatment
After the trigger point release treatment, you may feel tenderness or stiffness in the area. This should resolve after a few days.
You may be given some exercises to perform to help with recovery.
It is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise (which may include yoga and pilates) for 24 hours after the treatment.
The trigger point release treatment may cause a slight increase in the pain or stiffness in the area. This can be worked through with the exercises provided by your RMT.
Your RMT will advise you if there is any activity that you should avoid after the trigger point release treatment.
The Department of Health do not indicate that a course of 6-12 treatments is required for a single trigger point release session. However, individual treatment time may vary depending on the size of the trigger point area on the body.
You can find out more about the Trigger Point Release Treatment on the Massage therapy Vancouver. website.