Trigger Point Therapy for Pelvic Pain
Myofascial trigger points, also known as trigger points, trigger sites, or muscle knots, are hyper – irritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. They are associated with palpablenodules in taut bands of muscle fibers.
Trigger points do not appear randomly in our bodies but occur in predictable locations. Symptoms of trigger points can include dull ache, localized tenderness, burning feeling, reduced range of motion, or even sharp, point-specific pain. Trigger points can refer pain to another locations on the body.
Trigger points happen in predictable locations, and can rise to the surface and increase in size due to trauma, overuse, strain, poor posture, bad ergonomics, structural imbalances, improper body mechanics, or such things as poor nutrition and psycho-emotional stress or exposure to cold temperature.
Releasing trigger points helps to reestablish proper movement patterns, pain free movement, and ultimately enhances performance. You can assist in breaking up these muscle knots, resuming normal blood flow and function by treating your own trigger points.
Why not consider trying self-myofascial release! It provides YOU, the user, the ability to control the healing and recovery process by applying pressure in precise locations, because only you can feel exactly what is happening.
Trigger points respond best to four things; heat, pressure, massage, and stretching.
Various Ways To Treat Trigger Points
- Heat up a grain (magic) bag in the microwave and then place it on the area
- Massage the area. To do this, put a little lotion or oil on the area and rub it until the sensitivity in the area decreases. (Then add some peppermint oil to the area to help stimulate healing)
- Visit a massage therapist. Trigger points are hard to reach on our own bodies. Massage therapists can get at all of these spots as well as find other trigger points that are contributing to your pain.
- Dry Needling. Uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate skin and stimulate underlying trigger points, muscular and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
- Self-myofascial release. Which basically means self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. This method can be performed with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane, YogaTuneUP balls, Massage Blocks or your own hands. This greatly assists in breaking up these muscle knots, resuming normal blood flow and function.
Need more help? Check out the following trigger point therapy resources and check out my entire page devoted to Trigger Point Therapy
Jill Miller : The Roll Model
Clair Davies: Trigger Point Therapy
Donna Finando & Finando Steven: Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain
NAMTPT: Symptom Checker
Trigger Point Online Guide
Trigger Point Performance Therapy – They even have classes