A trigger point can be explained as a dysfunctioning part of a muscle. It makes the muscle tight and weak at the same time. It gives pain and lack of strength.
Trigger points are found as extremely sore points occurring in ropy bands throughout the body. They can also be felt as painful lumps of hardened fascia (a sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body).
Trigger points can be either latent or active. An active trigger point is one that actively refers pain either locally or to another location (most trigger points refer pain elsewhere in the body along nerve pathways). A latent trigger point is one that exists, but does not yet refer pain actively, but may do so when pressure or strain is applied to the myoskeletal structure containing the trigger point. Latent trigger points can influence muscle activation patterns.
Activation of trigger points may be caused by a number of factors, including acute or chronic muscle overload, activation by other trigger points, disease, and psychological distress.
Trigger points occur when multiple microscopic areas cause segments of the muscle fibres (called sacromeres) to become distorted. Eventually, a contraction knot forms as well as a taut band. When you have triggers points, your muscle strength becomes unreliable, stiff, and lead to muscle tightness and weakness.
The fascia is a seamless web of connective tissue that covers and connects the muscles, organs, and skeletal structures, located between the skin and the underlying structure of muscle and bone. Muscle and fascia form the myofascia system. The fascial system is totally one structure that is present from your head to foot without any interruption.
Injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia. Since fascia is an interconnected web, the restriction or tightness to fascia at a place, with time can spread to other places in the body like a pull in tights. The goal of myofascial release is to release fascia restriction and restore its tissue health.
A trigger point treatment is a deeper type of massage working the different layers of muscles, connective tissues and muscle adhesion’s. It is used for deactivating painful trigger points to restore normal muscle function.
Trigger Point or Myofascial Release Therapy is a form of soft tissue therapy intended for pain relief and increasing range of motion. Techniques include manual massage for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, muscles, and bones are applied. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.
The fascia is manipulated, directly or indirectly, to allow the connective tissue fibers to reorganize themselves in a more flexible, functional fashion, and therefore making them more efficient once again.
Carin Carli from Your Wake up Call offers Myofascial Release Therapy in Boliqueime. She is located next to the Aldi in Boliqueime. More information: www.yourwakeupcall.nl or call Carin at (+351) 968 202 296