Trigger Point Therapy History
Trigger Point Therapy was first identified and further developed by Dr Janet Travell who was based in the USA. Dr Janet Travell actually treated President John F. Kennedy for his back pain the point at which her work first achieved national recognition.
Travell’s theory was that pain experienced in one part of the body may actually be caused by an injury or dysfunction in another part of the body. In the 1970s a Physical Fitness and Exercise Therapist, Bonnie Prudden, found that the application of pressure to a trigger point also relieved pain. This led to the discovery of Myotherapy which is beneficial to individuals who find Trigger Point Injections too painful.
What are Trigger Points?
Our organs, muscles, nerves and blood vessels are covered with a soft tissue called Fascia. The tissue that covers our muscles is known as Myofascia. If Myofascia becomes stressed from overuse or a trauma (poor posture, food allergies or even birth trauma) it can tear. These are known as ‘trigger points’. Trigger Points have a negative impact on muscles causing stiffness or a decrease in range of motion.
Additionally, the pain from these points can impact on other areas of the body this is known as referral pain.
Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy aims to reduce pain and ‘re-educate’ the muscles into pain-free habits. The benefits of Trigger Point Therapy include:
- Relieve tension
- Improve circulation
- Reduce swelling and stiffness of Neuromuscular pain
- Increase range of motion
- Increase flexibility
- Improve coordination
Here are some of the conditions Trigger Point Therapy treatment can help with:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Menstrual Cramps
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle Spasms
- Whiplash related injuries
- Chronic Back, Knee or Shoulder Pain
At Therapi Tylino Trigger Point Therapy is used in conjunction with other Massage Therapy treatments. For more information about how Trigger Point Therapy or any of our other services can help you please contact Therapi Tylino today.