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How are Trigger Points and Fibromyalgia connected?


A trigger point is a hypersensitive area in the muscle, its tendon, or fascia that can be relieved and eliminated through trigger point therapy. Usually, the trigger point is not in the area of pain, but pressure over the point will elicit pain in a referred area. It is often possible to have more than one trigger point associated with a particular condition.

In Trigger Point massage therapy various manual methods are used to relieve and eliminate a hypersensitive area in the muscle, its tendon, or fascia. To eliminate the trigger point, direct pressure is applied to sedate the point, then massage can be applied to restore circulation to the area and remove waste products. This method is especially helpful with musculoskeletal issues and some internal organ pain. Trigger Point Release is provided at Alexandra's Elements Spa in Richmond Hill. As repeated massage therapy can get expensive, a simple technique we call “stripping” can be attempted at home: Examine areas of general tightness and tenderness by gradually moving along muscles like squeezing out an old sponge (tip: lubricate your skin). Apply moderate pressure and move along the muscles slowly, when you get to a tight spot or trigger point - stop, hold the pressure for 5-10 seconds, then slowly move on. The safest and best way to do this technique is to start with light pressure and then gradually repeat with more pressure. Trigger points are a leading cause of fibromyalgia and can be a sign of a more complex musculoskeletal problem, for this reason, we recommend that you consult with a professional to help identify the ones affecting you. If you don't have a professional a good place to start would be the Richmond St. Wellness Centre under the care of Dr. Laura McLaren.

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