The human body is mostly made of muscles, which help facilitate movement. Because people are constantly in motion, the muscles are prone to wear and tear, and have an increased risk of fatigue and injury because of the amount of repetitive use.
Since it is virtually impossible not to use one’s muscles, it is important that proper care is taken to prevent strains. An affordable (and relatively pain-free) prevention and treatment option is trigger point therapy. Unlike standard massages, trigger point therapy is a targeted massage against involuntary muscle contractions which affect only a small portion of the muscle but are known to be extremely painful. In fact, pain levels can reach such intensity that it may create dysfunctions and tears within the muscle.
Contractions of this type are called trigger points and are shown to be the most common cause of musculoskeletal pain. As the name suggests, trigger point therapy focuses on alleviating pain caused by these contractions. Therapy includes techniques that can reduce pain, increase movement and mobility, and may even allow muscles to lengthen and strengthen over time.
Trigger point therapy can be used by anyone, although it is highly recommended for athletes or people with the following conditions: carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, fibromyalgia, upper back pain, and tension headaches.
Before a person signs up for this type of treatment option, it is also suggested that research be done on the treatment center and therapist. This is because trigger point therapy requires a high level of skill. Done incorrectly, this therapy can cause more damage to the muscles, which may or may not be irreversible.