Ever wonder what can be done to help headaches, neck stiffness, carpal tunnel type symptoms, tennis elbow, bursitis, frozen shoulder, back pain, low back stiffness, sciatica, shin splints?
Learn the skills to find and treat trigger points and you will be able to offer your clients immediate relief.
Trigger points are accumulations of waste products around a nerve receptor and they can occur in any muscle or within any aspect of connective tissue. Often they feel like nodules or taut bands of fibres within the soft tissues.
Trigger points can present themselves as referred patterns of sensation such as sharp pain, dull ache, tingling, pins and needles, hot or cold, as well as symptoms such as nausea, ear ache, equilibrium disturbance, or blurred vision. They can be latent or active. An active trigger point is a very painful and tender area with a referred pain pattern. A latent trigger point is only tender when palpated.
A technique that goes hand in hand with trigger point work is original European Neuromuscular Technique. This is gentle massage technique that targets soft tissue changes without causing patient discomfort. Learn about a different approach to massage treatment that utilises the neuro-muscular response (especially origins and insertions) to bring about desired changes. The aim of NMT is to restore structural and functional integrity to the musculo-skeletal component of the body. This technique will extend your ‘repertoire’ and make your treatments more effective.
A useful diagnostic and treatment tool, which is simple in its application, yet has enormous potential. NMT is time-saving, energy-saving. It is very effective in locating trigger points and changes in soft tissue
Trigger point therapy is not a miracle cure for chronic pain....but it is close! Trigger point therapy is usually used in combination with Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and other forms of bodywork. Many massage therapists have a wealth of hands-on experience of muscle tissue, but know surprisingly little about myofascial pain syndrome. Don’t be one of them!!
Those massage therapists who have become skilled at assessing and managing myofascial trigger points frequently see clients who have been referred to them by other practitioners. This is a wonderful addition to your toolbox as a massage therapist.