Trigger Point Therapy
This treatment is used in conjunction with neuromuscular therapy and as such is considered part of neuromuscular therapy. The massage therapist finds areas of localized muscular tightness, that when pressed upon translates a sensation to another area of the body. In many cases trigger points are found in muscles that are overly contracted or improperly elongated. For instance many individuals have a very tight upper back; contrary to what may be expected, the upper back muscles are usually eccentrically contracted (or stretched and tight), because the opposing muscle group, “the pecs”, are too concentrically contracted (short and tight). A goal to decrease discomfort from this imbalance would be to lengthen the pecs and soothe the upper back muscles while releasing trigger points. This protocol has much longer lasting results than just massaging that “sore spot” in the back.