Trigger points are often tender spots along the body. When touched, they have observable patterns of referral pain points, sometimes close and sometimes far, from the origin source.
Trigger points can be worked on by hand, elbow, fist, etc. Your therapist may also make use of tools such as lacrosse balls. Techniques may draw from Deep Tissue, Orthopedic Bodywork, Reflexology, and Myofascial Release. Please read about these modalities to learn more. Generally, trigger points are stimulated via direct and sustained pressure, for a period of time no less than 30 seconds, and sometimes for much longer. We are waiting to feel the muscle relax and release. Trigger point is a great modality if you are looking to get to the root of the problem and address it efficiently.
NOTE: When booking online, please choose Orthopedic Bodywork and leave a note for your therapist that you would like to focus on Trigger Point Therapy.
Please take the time to be as thorough as possible in your intake form so that your therapist can prepare for you. We recommend wearing clothes like what you would wear to a yoga class: Allowing for modesty, flexibility, and comfort during freedom of movement. This also allows your therapist to more easily do a full body assessment. Please remove all watches and jewelry before the session starts. We generally recommend coming in for bodywork at least every 4 weeks for everyone, potentially more often if you are looking to make quick progress. Your specific situation may be different, so talk with your therapist about a good treatment plan for you.
You may feel a little sore after a day or two. We recommend drinking an additional liter of high quality water to help reduce soreness. Also, avoid any foods that are high in sodium, as this can be dehydrating. Fruits are an excellent way to eat your water and they help get your lymphatic system flowing to flush out all the gunk released from this deep work.