Trigger tender point therapy

Trigger points are nodules and muscle tensions developing in the muscles that often cause radiating pain even in areas further away from that point.

Tender points are points that only have local effects in the muscle.

Types of trigger points:

Latent trigger point: these are already present in the muscle, but do not cause any symptoms or complaints, though they can be activated easily.
Active trigger points: points that cause radiating symptoms.

Why they develop:

  • acute / chronic overload
  • injury, trauma
  • stress
  • problems affecting the spine (disc herniation, scoliosis)
  • incorrect posture
  • joint wear and inflammation
  • sport
  • hypermobility – loose joints
  • inactive lifestyle – sedentary life

We use manual techniques to release them.

The method:

This therapy is one of the main methods of releasing muscle nodules. Trigger point therapy’s goal is to improve muscle circulation, to identify and release trigger points. The palpated point is exposed to a mechanical stimulus until the pain and the radiation zone decreases or disappears. Then we generate the pain or radiation again by functionally straining a given muscle until the pain decreases or disappears during muscle tension as well. The given muscle section is then stretched and rested.

Trigger tender point therapy is an additional treatment for physiotherapy. Your physiotherapist decides on the necessity of kinesio taping during the initial assessment, so please choose ’physiotherapy with assessment’ upon reservation.

Trigger tender point therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

How many treatments are necessary?

It depends on the patient and the load level. After treating trigger and tender points it is advised to learn posture-improving exercises and individual physiotherapy exercises to prevent the renewal of muscle and tendon overload.

Is the treatment painful?

Pain may occur at the points and in the radiation areas during treatment, it decreases or disappears in a short time with the improvement of the circulation of the points while treating the certain point. This process is a sign of reconnecting the point to the blood circulation and the first step in healing. Muscle strain -like pain may occur in the days following the treatment which disappears within a few days.

What are these painful nodules?

These pain nodules develop to avoid overstraining as the body’s own protection mechanism. They not only can cause pain locally, but can radiate as well. Their pain can cause reduced range of motion and forced posture.

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