Experienced Myofascial Trigger Point therapists use many techniques to deactivate the noxious points.
Deep pressure myotherapy or ischemic compression are most typical and usually combined with other deep tissue massage
techniques to open the area and separate the musle fibers to release the hold of the contracted trigger point. Practitioners
use elbows, thumbs or various tools to direct pressure directly upon the trigger point, and a professional
will understand the proper amount of pressure and length of time necessary to get the best results. Trigger
point Massage Therapy does not have to be painful.
During or After the trigger point
massage, a qualified professional will incorporate specific stretching techniques to invoke reciprocal inhibition
within the musculoskeletal system. A successful treatment protocol relies on identifying the trigger points, resolving
them and, if all trigger points have been deactivated, elongating the structures affected along their natural range of motion
and length. In the case of muscles, where most treatment occurs, this stretching involves combinations of
passive, active, active isolated stretching (AIS), muscle energy techniques (MET), and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation
(PNF) stretching to be effective. The fascia surrounding muscles should also be treated, (myofascial release) to
elongate and resolve strain patterns, otherwise muscles will simply be returned to positions where trigger points are likely
to re-develop. Nashville Neuromuscular Center therapists are all certified and highly educated in the necessary techniques
to perform safe and effective trigger point massage therapy.
The outcomes from manual
trigger point massage therapy are directly related to the skill level of the massage therapist. If trigger points are pressed
too short a time, they may activate or remain active; if pressed too long or hard, they may become irritated, resulting in
more pain in the area treated. Be sure you are in the hands of an experienced trigger point therapist.
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