A trigger point is an area of low neurological function that becomes an area of high neurological function when stimulated and then refers pain to another area of the body. A trigger point in the shoulder may produce referral pain in the neck, and the neck trigger point may then refer the pain into the head. This is called a satellite trigger point. The pain may be a dull ache and become a sharp pain when the trigger point is stimulated.
To alleviate the source of the pain, Trigger Point Release and the similar Neuromuscular Therapy are designed to activate cycles of isolated pressure and release after warming up the muscle fibers and facial tissue. A skilled practitioner will be able to intuitively identify the trigger points with feedback from the client. When releasing the constricted tissue, pain and tension is lessened and sometimes completely relieved after just one treatment.
Deep tissue, trigger point, neuromuscular and orthopedic work necessitate a deep understanding of anatomy, and your SMART Integrative Massage Group therapist will use their knowledge to reach the desired effects. As with any of the therapeutic techniques, ongoing treatments incorporating a variety of modalities can help break the pain-spasm-pain cycle of the muscles and achieve a specific goal.