Alleviating trigger points with myotherapy is an effective approach to treating sore areas of the body. Trigger points are problematic regions in the body that are relatively small and tightly constricted. These tiny regions can bring about considerable discomfort that can be chronic for some individuals.
Bonnie Prudden, a famous physical therapist, developed the therapeutic approach. The technique may have been inspired by acupressure, as it involves applying pressure on trouble spots. However, myotherapy focuses on the muscles while acupressure focuses on energy centers, and the trigger points are a key component to the therapy.
The sensitive areas may stem out of an old injury or they can arise out of muscle tension. Sometimes the points are somewhat aggravated without causing pain until stress or anxiety cause a painful outbreak to occur.
Trigger points can be troublesome because they can be difficult to detect. Someone may experience pain in another area of the body that stems from a trigger point located in a different region. For example, a knotted muscle in the neck can cause the person to experience a headache.
Alleviating trigger points with myotherapy addresses the pain at it source. Instead of taking aspirin to alleviate the headache pain, the technique focuses on the knot in the neck that causes the headache in the first place. Myotherapy is quite simple, involving little more than putting pressure on the trigger point, in this case, the knot in the neck.
The therapist uses elbows, fingers or knuckles to apply pressure on the trigger points. In addition, corrective exercises are used to combat the strain on the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue. There are two basic steps in the relatively simple process:
1. Applying pressure to trigger points after determining where they are, leading to relaxation and pain relief
2. The relaxed muscles are stretched to promote balance
A client can expect to have more than one session in order to achieve the desired results. However, few patients have to see a therapist more than 10 times to reach his or her goal. Older patients may have more sessions because trigger points build over the years.
Fortunately, there are no known side effects to this approach, which is an unusual occurrence in orthodox as well as alternative medicine. It is important to have a full physical examination before undergoing this type of treatment because an underlying medical problem or structural problem can lead to the discomfort.
The International Myotherapy Association
The International Myotherapy Association is an excellent resource for people interested in alleviating pain using myotherapy. The procedure boasts a 95% alleviation of discomfort, and athletes use this approach for enhance their performance. Though the technique is not designed to cure any disease or illness, it can be a wonderful augmentation to orthodox therapies prescribed by a physician.