What you need to know about Trigger Point Massage Therapy

By: Mike Booth, RMT, Mar 02, 2013
  Question

What is Trigger Point Massage Therapy?

There are believed to be over 620 possible points in the body where trigger points can exist.

A trigger point is a hyper irritable band of muscle fibres that can refer pain to other areas of the body. There are believed to be over 620 possible points in the body where trigger points can exist. Trigger points are not fully understood, but it is believed that they form when a muscle is overworked or has sustained repetitive trauma. There are two types of trigger points. A key trigger point has a specific referral pattern and can activate what is called a satellite trigger point. A satellite trigger point is a secondary trigger point caused by the key trigger point. Often, releasing the key trigger point causes the satellite trigger point to release as well. Trigger point work often involves compression of the trigger point in an
attempt to get the knotted muscle to release. Used with traditional massage techniques, the release of a trigger point can be effective in resolving pain.

Mike is owner/therapist of Massage Athletica. He is a graduate of Massage Therapy College of Manitoba, and a member of MTAM. Winning the Manitoba Marathon  4 times, he is a veteran runner. His interests are in helping athletes improve performance and preventing injuries during training. http://www.massageathletica.com/