Trigger Point Release

Trigger point release is a form of massage therapy that decreases pain and increases mobility in sore muscles.  A trigger point is an irritable spot in a muscle that refers pain (“triggers pain”) to other muscles.

Trigger point release has been used for thousands of years.  The modern version was developed in the 1960’s by Dr. Janet Travell, who treated President John F. Kennedy for persistent back pain.

Trigger points keep muscles tight, restrict blood flow and compress nerves. Decreased flexibility limits movement and may cause long-lasting postural problems. 

In a session, the practitioner identifies trigger points and uses finger pressure to relax and release the muscles.  Pressure is applied five to twenty seconds to ease the muscle.  Sciatica, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, back/neck pain, arthritis pain are just a few conditions that respond well to trigger point release.  Athletes also use this therapy for improved athletic performance. 

Trigger point release sessions last 30 to 60 minutes.   It is recommended afterwards you drink plenty of water to assist in eliminating toxins that were trapped in the tight muscles.   

For those seeking relief from muscle pain, trigger point release is available through massage therapists and athletic therapists.

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