Trigger Point Therapy is the deactivation of "active" trigger point or nodules that may refer pain to other areas of the body or locally.
A trigger point is a hyper-irritable spot in the muscle fibers that, when pressed, may illicit tenderness or a local twitch response.
Trigger points form as a local contraction in a small number of muscle fibers within a larger muscle group. These fibers in turn can pull on tendons and ligaments associated with the muscle and can cause pain deep within a joint where there are no muscles.
After your therapist makes her assessment, treatment will applied to the areas of concern using deep stroking massage and compression/inhibition techniques blended together in a choreographed algorithm. Research has shown that, these trigger point are "inputs" to the spinal cord and central nervous system. As you may have experienced already, trigger points can often be acutely painful, which can result in the stimulation of pain pathways that can profoundly alter the nervous system, including the amplification of peripheral and central sensitization.
The methods used by your therapist follow the teachings & research of Janet Travel, M.D., Dr. David Simons, M.D., and Lois Simons, PT.