If you don’t already use it, you have likely heard about trigger point therapy.
Many manual therapists use trigger point therapy as a key strategy in their treatment protocols. Essentially, the technique manipulates certain ‘trigger points’ to reduce pain and muscle tension.
What are ‘trigger points’?
Trigger points are knots or adhesions in the fascia or muscle tissue. It may result from injury, such as a strain or direct trauma, stress, improper biomechanics, nutrition, or other structural imbalances. These spots become sensitive to touch. They can restrict your patient’s range of motion and cause muscle spasms. In turn, other issues or pain may occur.
Surprisingly, trigger point therapy isn’t exactly a new technique. In the 1950s, U.S. physician Janet Travell coined the term ‘trigger point.’ Travell’s findings pinpointed the idea of these nodules and how they can refer pain to the muscles and surrounding tissues. These observations and research paved the way for how trigger point therapy is understood today.
Why should I learn holistic trigger point therapy?
Holistic trigger point therapy can take your manual therapy practice to the next level. It also incorporates the concept that every part of the body is connected. For example, the piriformis muscle may be identified as the main factor contributing to your patient’s pain. If you perform trigger point therapy on the piriformis, it is also recommended to perform it on the gluteus minimus and gluteus medius.
Why? These 3 muscles work in synch with each other. If one becomes tight, it will restrict the movement of the other 2. It is likely all 3 muscles will become tight. As a manual therapist, you will want to release tightness and trigger points in all 3 muscles to efficiently and effectively treat your patient’s condition or injury.
In iBody Academy’s in-class Holistic Trigger Point Therapy course, you learn to identify the problem muscle or structures, as well as potential problems with surrounding structures.
Most muscles don’t soley perform a given movement. It is often a combination of muscles that work together. Thus, it makes sense to take the whole picture into account and treat related structures and muscles as well.
To start including Holistic Trigger Point Therapy into your practice, register for iBody Academy’s in-class or online course, today! Treat your patients better and get them back to the activities they know and love sooner.