Trigger Point ReleaseTrigger point therapy is very effective as part of a combined approach to relieving TMJ,  neck pain, back pain, sciatica, chronic pain disorders, and  symptoms related to fibromyalgia.

In Trigger Point Therapy, specific locations or trigger points, on the muscles are held with firm pressure until they release. Once the points are released, many clients find that their original pain either disappears or is significantly reduced.

Trigger points are small areas of tightness within muscles that form tight bands and knots from the contracted muscle fibers. These can develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked. The pain that trigger points cause is generally referred to another part of the body, so treating that pain directly is often ineffective or temporary.

Trigger Point Therapy requires the participation of the client to communicate the presence and intensity of pain and discomfort. There are also simple massage techniques and stretches that patients can be taught to use on themselves, preventing chronic patterns of tension in their body from becoming acute and reducing their need for therapy.

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, developed by Dr. Janet G. Travell, MD, is a form of neuromuscular therapy that examines and treats muscles, muscle attachments, ligaments, and connective tissues.

Current studies indicate that nerve impulses to the muscle fibers within a trigger point will not “shut off” and that trigger points require manual intervention to help them release.

Synergy Healthcare offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy in Spokane Valley, WA. Our highly trained therapists are ready to get you back on track fast! We try to prepare helpful articles that can help enrich your life. Have a question you want answered? Email us at or call at 509-413-1630 for more information. Comment below or give us a shout-out on Facebook– we love to hear whats on your mind!

Share Button

4 thoughts on “Physical therapy techniques: Trigger Point Therapy

  1. Linda

    How could any of this be better stated? It coldun’t.

  2. Cactus

    Wow! Great to find a post koncking my socks off!

  3. Pingback: Total Body Balancing in Spokane Valley - Synergy Healthcare and Physical Therapy in Spokane, Washington

  4. Pingback: Cutting Edge Physical Therapy-Total Body Balancing in Spokane - Synergy Healthcare and Physical Therapy in Spokane, Washington

Leave a reply