Trigger point therapy is a type of treatment that involves applying pressure to specific knotted areas, or trigger points, around the body. It aims to relieve pain, correct muscular imbalances, and promote healing within the body, thereby helping improve athletic performance and endurance.
Let’s explore the specifics about trigger point therapy and how it can help athletes improve their performance, but first, let’s learn about what trigger points are and how they may put you at risk of sports injuries.
Trigger Points and Sports Injuries
Trigger points, colloquially known as muscle knots, are found throughout the body. A trigger point is a knot or tight band of fibrous tissue found in, or around, a muscle. It often feels sore or tender to the touch. Trigger points are thought to develop from a number of factors such as:
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Acute trauma to a muscle
- Joint problems
- Nutritional or vitamin deficiencies
- Poor posture
- Repetitive motions, overuse, or overloading a muscle
- Stress and anxiety
Trigger points can cause fatigue, muscle weakness, and restricted movement, which can ultimately impact your overall athletic performance. If left untreated, pain may become persistent and get worse over time, a condition referred to as myofascial pain syndrome.
When a trigger point is treated, it helps to remove the buildup of waste chemicals and improve the flow of healthy oxygenated blood to the affected area, which helps to promote healing and keep muscles in optimum condition.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy does not only help alleviate symptoms of unexplained pain, and tender areas around the body; it is also designed to speed up recovery from injury and correct any muscular imbalances associated with tight or knotted muscles.
The initial stage of treatment involves your physical therapist carrying out a thorough assessment of your muscles and areas of tightness in order to pinpoint the exact location (trigger point) requiring treatment.
The therapist, after locating the trigger point, stretches the affected muscle and then applies direct pressure to the contracted muscle fibers. This helps relax and loosen the muscle and promotes healing by restoring normal circulation of nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to the affected area, which subsequently reduces pain and other symptoms. As the muscle returns to its normal state, function, and range of movement are gradually restored, allowing you to get back to your normal level of physical activity without pain or discomfort.
Trigger point therapy may be carried out using manual therapy techniques such as massage. Trigger point therapy may be employed in conjunction with dry needling to treat knotted muscles that are not easily manually manipulated using standard physical therapy techniques.
Trigger Point Treatment in Round Rock and Austin, TX
Don’t let muscle knots tie you up in knots! Speak to one of our licensed physical therapists at Endeavor Physical Therapy & Wellness. Our comprehensive range of physical therapy services includes trigger point therapy and dry needling, helping you conquer pain and other discomforts caused by your trigger points.
Call us today to find out more about our services or to request an appointment with one of our providers, call us today at (512)-284-7192 or request an appointment online. We have eight office locations, serving Austin, Round Rock, Manor, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Bee Caves, and Hutto, for your convenience.