Trigger point therapy
The trigger point therapy is based on the findings of Janet G. Travell and David G. Simons. Both authors have written the "manual of muscle trigger points", which is the standard work on this subject.
Chronic stress or direct trauma to the affected muscle structure is often the cause for a myofascial pain syndrome.
These provoke a malfunction of the link between nerve and muscle structure (motor end plate). There extremely sensitive zones occur. These local pain areas, the so called myofascial trigger points, are mostly easy to palpate in the hardened skeletal muscles. Their mechanical irritation often leads to a pain transmission in other body regions (referred pain).
A suitable therapy can eliminate this pathology, even after a longer time period. Suitable treatment methods are: the muscle and connective tissue techniques by B. Dejung from Switzerland, release and stretching techniques by K. Lewits / V-
A trigger point is a localized palpable hardening in a muscle, which is painful to pressure and also propagates pain.
In scientific studies, Mrs Dr Janet Travell and Professor Dr David Simons from the USA, have discovered typical trigger point pain patterns and thus the cause of man pains, which have their origin in muscles and surrounding connective tissue. In this therapy the trigger point is pressed hard, whilst moving the muscle. The patient determines the strength of the pressure and thus the resulting pain. Subsequently, the muscle and the surrounding tissue are spread and additionally the muscle is being stretched. The trigger point therapy is very effective in alleviating pain such as:
Tension head ache, pain of the musculoskeletal system which is caused through chronic strain (unfavourable posture), though injuries or exposure to cold.
is a special form of trigger point therapy. A thin needle (without medicaments and therefore "dry") is precisely inserted into the trigger point. Thus, the local blood circulation is improved and tension loosened. This is an effective supplement to the above mentioned manual technique.