There are many perople who confuse Trigger Point Therapy with Massage Therapy. Yes, they are both bodyworker professions, however there are many differences.
In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself.
So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage and/or bodywork treatments?
- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
- Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ - the skin.
- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
- Reduces spasms and cramping
- Increases joint flexibility.
- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
- Releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.
- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.
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Trigger points are those areas in the muscles that are believed to be the starting point of certain types of pain. With this in mind, trigger point practitioners will apply pressure to a certain trigger point, thus offering relief. The complexity of the therapy lies in the fact that a pain in one area of the body, may be caused by a trigger point in another area. For this reason practitioners may have different methods for assessing pain and linking them to certain trigger points.
Despite this, even some sections of the medical community have acknowledged the validity of some aspects of the therapy. Patients dealing with chronic pain have also reported vast improvement in their conditions. However, the overall benefits of this therapy extend beyond pain relief. These benefits include:
- Increased flexibility
- Improved circulation
- Better range of motion
- Reduced stiffness or muscle tension
- Fewer headaches
- Better Posture
- Reduce or alleviate pain
- Relax and soften injured or overused muscles
- Reduces post-surgee\ry adhesions and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred
- Provides stretching for your muscles to reduce shortening of the muscle
- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains for athletes at any level