Trigger Points are localised areas of muscle and fascia which are very sensitive and painful when compressed and are capable of radiating pain away from the original painful area. For example a trigger point in the shoulder blade area can refer pain down the arm and into the hand. Depending on the location, trigger points can be painful with exercise, at rest or with sustained postures. Although their true nature is uncertain, the main theory is that a trigger point is a small patch of tightly contracted muscle, an isolated spasm affecting just a tiny patch of muscle tissue. In theory, that small patch of muscle chokes off its own blood supply, which irritates it even more — a vicious cycle called a “metabolic crisis.”
When all is in working order, muscles allow us to perform normal activities with ease. When our muscles harbor trigger points, we experience pain, stiffness and tension, physical limitation and loss of normal function.
The taut bands of muscle that accompany trigger points are often easily identified on palpation and pain can quickly be minimized with sustained compression on the affected tissue for 30 to 90 seconds. Some pain and discomfort may be experienced when the compression is applied but we will position the muscle to minimize the discomfort until such time it subsides completely.
At Ullswater Physiotherapy we use heat, stretching, manual pressure and deep tissue massage to alleviate the sensitivity and reduce pain from these ‘knotted’ areas. There are no actual knots involved, of course — it just feels like it. We also teach people how to treat themselves and to prevent reoccurrence and restore full movements.
5 Star Review: “I had a massage with Mary on Friday and it was brilliant she applied just the right pressure and she knew instantly where my tension and knots where in my back and worked hard to remove it all! I will be returning without a doubt! Thank you.” Heather Coulston
Please contact Mary the Physio for further assistance 07774056155 / email us at [email protected]