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Trigger Point Massage Therapy

Trigger point massage therapy involves a more targeted approach and is focused directly on releasing painful trigger points which are tight knots that develop in muscle tissues. Muscular knots can cause tightness and tension that may even cause pain. The pain can also travel into other areas of the body which is an effect known as “referral pain”. Therapists that practice trigger point massage may incorporate other therapeutic massage techniques such as neuromuscular therapy, acupressure, myofascial release, and other modalities depending on the clients health issues, and the therapist’s training.

Trigger point massages involves applying direct pressure to trigger points or muscular knots throughout the body which can be uncomfortable or painful at first. Communication is very important during trigger point therapy so the therapist can adjust their pressure when needed. The pain should not go beyond a hurt so good. Each pain point or muscular knot may be pressed or crunched, massaged with and against the muscle fibers, and stretched.

Trigger point therapy can releases the tightest areas of your body (often the neck and low back), helping improve range of motion, posture, releases impinged nerves, and improves alignment. Regular sessions can help with chronic pain, which is sometimes the result of referral pain from trigger points. Sessions can also help with athletic performance and acute pain from repetitive motions and injuries.

Precautions & Contraindications: Massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in some cases it is best to obtain a written doctors referral. Massage therapists, may not, under the written law, attempt to diagnose any medical conditions. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for more information.

Additional Tip: May want to avoid eating a heavy meal before a massage. 

Contraindications to Receiving Massage Therapy: Massage treatment is relaxing and natural. It is generally considered a safe treatment for most people however, there are three types of “Contraindications” where massage could be provided but may be limited or, massage is not recommended at that time.

Recommendations Following a Massage:

Massage has a detoxifying effect on one's body. It is recommended to drink plenty of water after receiving a massage to flush metabolic waste from the muscle tissues. It is also recommended to avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for the next 24 hours after receiving a massage.


Prior to the start of any massage treatment, massage professionals will have each client complete a client health history intake form. The main purpose of a client intake form is to inform the massage professional of current and past health issues and injuries (within the year) so, special care can be taken to treat current issues and prevent additional injury.