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Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy seeks to locate and eliminate trigger points, which are tiny painful knots in the body.

How often do I do trigger point therapy?

Stephanie Grenadier (Hingham, MA) on Jul 5, 2012
Well, how are you feeling? There's your answer. To me, there is no definitive response without knowing a whole lot more about you. What are you experiencing? What are you doing physically and ergonomically between your sessions? What shape is your fascia in? What is your muscular tension like overall? Did you have myofascial release done to loosen surrounding tissue? Didi you experience any relief from past treatments? I don't think any professional would give you an answer to this without laying their hands on you and having a full history. In my experience, getting the fascia around the trigger points flexible enough to hold a release is important. Some clients have an Easter egg hunt's worth of knots and trigger points that are usually fused between the rhomboids. scapulae, neck and spine. Figuring out where the "motherlode" trigger point resides is important, but if stress is implicated (as it usually is), that needs to be addressed and worked with as well. I assume your trigger points are in the shoulders, neck and mid-back because that is the most common place for noticeable trigger points, but there are various other places they can occur. You are the expert on your own experience. How do you feel? Trust your own healing instincts and find a practitioner that will work with them.
Betty Shields (Sioux Falls, SD) on Jul 5, 2012
The length of time it takes to release a trigger point depends on several factors, one of which is how long you have had your trigger point. Other factors include the number of trigger points you have, how effective your current treatment is, and how consistently you can administer or receive treatment.
Tausha Jackson (Spring, TX) on Jul 5, 2012
This particular massage therapy technique is done as needed. There is no exact amount of times you need to have it done.
Michael Genovese (Mesa, AZ) on Jul 5, 2012
When you hurt. Really, massage is like maintenance. Every so often you get bodywork, just like you'd get an oil change in your car. Frequency depends on you and your daily activities. Get in touch with me and we can discuss it further.
Kei Niebur (College Station, TX) on Jul 5, 2012
You can continue to do trigger point therapy sessions for as long as you like. However, be sure to give yourself a few days between sessions. Drink plenty of water, and don't get massages when you are feeling sick or stressed out. TPT releases things caught up in those knots in your muscles, including metabolic wastes and toxins. This means trigger point therapy can make you sicker if you are already ill, or lead your body into something called a 'healing crisis'. Listen to your body and see if it's up for trigger point. Otherwise, try Swedish or myofascial massage instead.
Melissa McMaster (Overland Park, KS) on Jul 5, 2012
It depends on how your body is doing. I usually tell people that it is best to get a massage every four to six weeks, but that also depends on your activity level and budget. Personally, I have to get a massage at least every 3 weeks. If you are working on a particular problem, (like a sore shoulder, for instance), you will have to go back more often. On a 10 point scale, where 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst pain in your life, you should go back to the therapist when your pain hits 5. Don't wait until you are taking medication or in great pain. The good news is that as you go thru trigger point therapy, this time between massages should increase as your body gets used to having knot-free muscles. A trigger point is a fancy medical name for a knot in your muscle. We do a lot more exercise that most people believe. For instance, working at the computer exercises muscles in our backs, arms and shoulders. If you spend a lot of time (6-12 hours) at the computer, then you have exercised those muscles continuously for that long. If you ran for that long, your legs would hurt (and you would be exhausted) The only way to avoid forming knots is not to breathe, which I don't recommend. I do recommend drinking water (which helps flush lactic acid from your system), getting up from the computer on a hourly basis and stretching. I hope this answer helped you.
Jagdish Jindal (Houston, TX) on Jul 5, 2012
It depends on the time between treatments and the condition of your body. Five times is usually sufficient.
Sterling Alexander (Palm Springs, CA) on Jul 5, 2012
It depends on your signs and symptoms, history of injury, and your goals. Do you want to increase mobility, reduce pain, or enhance well-being? At my studio, I'd listen to your history and then incorporate trigger point work into a massage as needed.
Ellen A. Scurich (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Jul 5, 2012
As long as you're not sore or bruised from the last treatment, any time you want.
Carol Hayes (West Dundee, IL) on Jul 5, 2012
Most massage therapists will use some kind of trigger point therapy in every massage they do. So to answer your question, you can get trigger point therapy done as often as you receive a massage.
Brenda Breedlove (San Francisco, CA) on Jul 5, 2012
It depends. I specialize in trigger point therapy, and If I am working with a client who has a chronic problem that is not related to a recent injury, I generally recommend one session a week for the first six weeks, after which we reevaluate. Some clients need to continue treatment once a week, while others can reduce frequency to twice a month or less. Just as most bodies are individual, so are the treatment routines. Neuromuscular massage modalities like trigger point therapy are used as a way of retraining your body out of dysfunction and bad postural habits. Habits and dysfunction don't happen overnight, and neither does the retraining. I hope this helps!
Katherine Turner (Schertz, TX) on Sep 28, 2012
this is up to you. if this is helping your body relieve your pian then yes. if it is making you more uncomfortable then i would cut back to once a week and work up from there
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Aug 24, 2012
That is all dependent on your need. If you have a tendency to develop multiple trigger points due to work that challenges your posture or muscles all day. You should be able to get it one to two times a week to keep them away. Find a therapist that works specifically with trigger points and muscular balance and ask them to do an evaluation and work from there for best results.
Felix Williams (Fort Lauderdale, FL) on Aug 8, 2012
Depends on the space of time you had the therapies done? With Trigger Point therapy 1-2 times a week is ideal. Once a week is still very good. Once every other week is ok. Anything after that is not that effective. Anything more then 2 times a week is too much. Always space wait atleast 3 days before doing having another trigger point therapy done in order for the NMT to be the most effective.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Jul 26, 2012
Did it work to relieve the problem when you had it done?
Lorissa Talavera (Moreno Valley, CA) on Jul 15, 2012
the answer is ‘it depends.’ You need to be sensitive to your body, but if you’re using gentle Myofascial releases and ischemic pressure to treat your trigger points your body will let you know when you need it again. If you're feeling soreness, be sure to give your body a break in between therapy....atleast 24-48 hours for recovery time.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Jul 12, 2012
Any kind of bodywork requires regular maintenance. You can just wait until you are feeling muscle tension and pain, or you can keep ahead of the pain and get it done more regularly. Other therapeutic styles like deep tissue work may be less unpleasant and still be effective. Then again, some people can't get enough pressure, and feel that trigger point work "hits the spot." Good luck finding a therapy and a treatment regimen that work for you!