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Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy  vs. Massage Therapy

There are many perople who confuse Trigger Point Therapy with Massage Therapy.  Yes, they are both bodyworker professions, however there are many differences.


Massage Therapy

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.

Schedule a Swedish Massage if:

  1. You feel "stressed out"
  2. You just need to relax and welcome the benefits of a day off or celebrate a job advancement 

Schedule a Deep Tissue or Athletic Massage if:

  1. You are experiencing general discomfort
  2. You are physically active and demand a high level of performance from your body and your muscles need a tune up
  3. You are looking to enhance athletic and/or musical performance.

 Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy        

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

Do you suffer from chronic pain that is deep, dull an aching and/or been told there is "nothing wrong with you?"   If so, this is not surprising since your muscles, the largest organ of your body, are generally overlooked as a source of pain.  Trigger Point Therapy, a specialized form of massage, is an ideal choice since it is designed to lessen pain generated by your muscles.
 Do you feel as if you have tried everything?    Yes?, Then perhaps it is time to try Trigger Point Therapy, which could noticeably reduce or even eliminate your pain in 4-6 routinely scheduled visits, so there is no long wait time to see if it is going to work.
Do you have pain that stops you from working, playing sports, and even enjoying life or even wanting to get out of bed in the morning?    Trigger Point Therapy is a simple, non invasive approach to treating pain which, in a short time, can lead you back to living a full life.
Schedule a Trigger Point Therapy appointment if:

  1. You are working to alleviate a specific pain that has been troubling you for one month or longer
  2. You are experiencing tightness or restriction in your muscles
  3. You wish to avoid medications and/or surgery