The goal of Trigger Point therapy is to identify a trigger site in the muscle fiber. Trigger Points tend to form due to hyperirritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. Trigger Points are described as taunt bands of knotted muscle, which can be found by running a finger perpendicular to the muscle fiber. Trigger Points display a muscle twitch, radiate pain, and are taunt or have a hard nodule. Treatment of Trigger Points requires identification, deactivating and elongating the structures affected along their natural range of motion and length. Trigger Point Therapy can be useful by itself or as a support to other massage modalities.
This therapy can be applied with clothes on or removed to the client’s comfort level with use of proper draping techniques.