Trigger Point Therapy is one of the most useful skills a masage therapist can have!
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.
What is Trigger Point Therapy?
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.
The workshop will cover the following:
- Trigger points and tender points defined
- What are trigger points?
- Why do they occur?
- What are their effects?
- How are they identified?
- What do they feel like to palpate?
- Patterns of myofascial pain
- Common sites of trigger points
- Learn how to locate them
- Discover how to de-activate them
- How do you treat them?
- Treatment tools for manual therapy
- Variations in technique
Who Can Attend?
This workshop is designed for practitioners, qualified in any form of Body Massage Therapy.
Recognition by Professional Associations
Widely accepted by most Professional Bodies. If you are not already registered with a Professional Body and would like to do so here are some useful links – ICGT, CtHA, FHT. For stand alone insurance Balens
The workshop will be largely practical in content and as a result, you will need appropriate clinic workwear for the duration of the course. This is very much a hands-on day allowing sufficient time to practice and perform the techniques under the guidance of the tutor. During the course you will partner up with another therapist and will get the chance to perform the techniques taught as well as being the recipient. This is because understanding what the technique should feel like is an invaluable tool for you as a therapist.
Duration: 1 day
Course fees include the following:
- All class tuition
- A comprehensive course manual
- An MSCM Certificate of Attendance for your professional portfolio
- 5 cpd points
You may also find the following advanced techniques workshops very beneficial:
Tutor: Anita Snowball – see our MSCM Tutor Page
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September 2022 - Saturday 17th September - 10am - 5pm
Cost: £97.50 (+VAT)