Effective Trigger Point Release

I noticed that a majority of my clients were people who had tried everything they knew to release pain and restricted movement, and were not getting the results they sought. They had seen Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Registered Massage Therapists, etc. who had used trigger point release, deep tissue massage, TENS units, ultrasound, drugs, osteopathy, myfascial release, cranial sacral therapy, and so forth. The medical profession had used X-rays, MRI’s, Catscans, etc., and couldn’t see anything specifically wrong with the site of the problem(s) except maybe some calcium build-up and/or inflammation. Or, they were told they were not bad enough yet for surgery. In the meantime, they were hobbling around, unable to do their job, find a comfortable position to sleep, be able to turn their head, lift their arm, walk without pain, and so on.

One of the frustrations I encountered when working with people experiencing this muscle and soft tissue pain, was finding a way to release this pain without having them come back for repeat work on the same site. There is always more than one site involved in long term restricted movement, and it is difficult to release all of them in one visit, but my goal was to release the muscle and fascia of one or more sites during each visit.

The method I found the most effective was Trigger Point Release. However, I found the standard methods for Trigger Point Release were slow in bringing about change. With much experimenting, I have found two methods to be very effective at releasing trigger points, and the muscles stay released in the majority of my clients. I am very excited at the results that I continually see, as are my clients.

When a client finds that discomfort returns to the same site, it usually means I have not found the primary muscle that started the cascade of muscle aches and pains. The first site will quickly re-release when treated and with further exploring, the client and I track down the other muscles involved and release them as well. Often I will find it is not the same muscle re-activating, but a muscle in the same area, or referring to the area that is causing the problem. On occasion, the muscle will return to its discomfort because the client is doing repetitive work that sets if off again. This also is an indication that there are more muscles involved that have restricted movement and are causing that set of muscles to tighten up again. We also address postural issues that may have become ‘bad habits’ because of the restricted movement. It is like detective work that the client and I are doing together to find the solutions to their good health and flexibility.

It is fascinating to watch the skin surface change as the muscle is released. The area feels more toned and firm, and the pebbled look (cellulite?) disappears. The calcium deposits break up and disperse from the muscle, swelling and inflammation is reduced, and often, when finished releasing, the client cannot tell where I have been working – it feels like normal tissue, and is not longer sensitive to the touch. Both massage techniques I use are able to penetrate deep into the muscles fibres and relax and release the knots and deposits trapped in the muscle and tissue. The only side affects they are likely to experience is some tenderness or ache in the area as it is releasing. For some it may take a day or two for these symptoms to disappear. For others, for example ones with Fibromyalgia, it may take a week for the symptoms to subside completely.

Myofascia Release can also be incorporated into the methods I use for Trigger Point Release, as some of the sites are re-occurring because of trauma from accidents and falls affecting organs or the skeletal system and surrounding tissue. This further causes tension along the fascia lines and impacts your structural balance. The methods used are harmonic to the body, often extremely relaxing and are easily translated by your body into healing results.

Fee is $95 per hour or $50 per half hour.