Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
Myo means muscle and fascia means pertaining to the fascia or connective tissue around and of the muscle. Muscle injury as well as repetitive trauma can lead to trigger points in the muscle that when pressed cause a shortening of the muscle fiber and could refer pain elsewhere in the body.
Myofascial Pain and Trigger Points: Getting to the Point
For instance, when the muscle at the top of your shoulder (trapezius) has a trigger point it will refer pain up the side of your neck and head causing a headache. Active myofascial trigger points in the muscles of the shoulder neck and face are a common source of headaches. In many instances the headache has the features of so-called tension headache, but there is increasing acceptance that myofascial trigger points may initiate classical migraine headaches or be part of a mixed tension/migraine headache complex.
Encourages circulation, releases muscle tension, provides deep pain relief, loosens scar tissue and lengthens muscles
Prenatal Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy
Hormonal changes during pregnancy allow the pelvic girdle ligaments to stretch accommodating for the growing fetus. The loosening of the ligaments can lead to unexpected muscle strain and injury causing sciatica like symptoms. These patients do not suffer from true sciatica as the pain does not cross the ankle joint but rather is due to myofascial trigger points. Benefits of this treatment are improved circulation, release of muscle tension, and improved pelvic muscle balance to aid in the birthing process