Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
Myofascial trigger points are found in muscles (myo-) and in connective tissues (fascial). The fascia system consists of elastic connective tissues that separate compartments in the body while allowing sliding and gliding between structures. Overload and over-tension in our muscular and fascial systems can result in focal areas of tension that lose their elasticity and form knots. These trigger points are common sources of pain. Our physiotherapists at Balance Core are skilled at identifying areas of overload through manual palpation and at applying the myofascial release technique to loosen these knots in a gentle and comfortable manner.
Your physiotherapist will first complete a thorough examination to understand your movement and loading patterns before identifying the most pertinent areas of overload and tension to treat. Gradual pressure is then applied to the identified trigger point to facilitate the release of tension in the over-contracted tissue.
You will experience mild to moderate discomfort when the pressure is first applied, but the pain will dissipate and reduce as the trigger point relaxes. Reaction to myofascial trigger point therapy may vary across individuals – some people may experience mild soreness after the treatment while others may not. Both reactions are expected and normal. If you are concerned about reaction to the treatment, do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.
Common issues that benefit from myofascial trigger point therapy:
Acute Injury with Muscle Spasms or Cramps
Chronic Pain due to Myofascial Overload
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction / Jaw Pain
Loss of Range of Motion