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Eugene Wood, Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist
"Years of computer use had created a sensation of fire in my forearms.
After receiving a medical diagnosis of repetitive strain, I decided that trigger point massage might be more effective than any other approach.
During my first session with Eugene Wood, he discovered that the trigger points were in my shoulders.
His first treatment provided my first good night of sleep in months. I am amazed that this technique has relieved my pain."
Trigger points indicate areas of tenderness within the skeletal muscle system and are found to be either active or latent. An active trigger point is one in which the trigger point exhibits acute pain to a specific muscular area, and may refer pain throughout specific nerve pathways within muscle tissue. Conversely, latent trigger points exist, yet do not exhibit any symptoms without extraneous pressure or movement upon the muscle system in which it resides.
An active trigger point does not require any outside pressure, exertion, or force on the local area in which it resides. The pain that results may be continuous or sporadic, without regard to the use of the afflicted area. Latent trigger points, on the other hand, are primarily felt when an external force acts upon the trigger point itself, or within the muscle system that such a trigger point resides.
An active trigger point in the neck may be experienced in any position, regardless of any pressure or action within the muscle system. A latent trigger point in the neck, however, may only provide pain when the individual sits upright in a certain position, or tilts their head from one side to another.
These hyperirritable nodules are not only sensitive and painful on the site of location, but they may also refer pain to the entire muscle system in which the trigger point is present. This is can be very problematic, as a single trigger point in the forearm, for example, may refer pain throughout the entire arm either when in use (latent trigger point), or even when at rest (active trigger point).
Symptoms and Causes of Trigger Point Pain
The presence of a skeletal muscle trigger point is not only painful and unpleasant for individuals, but may also restrict activities that a person enjoys - severe cases may prevent specific activities altogether.
Gardening in the summertime is a great hobby. A gardener may find himself in a position that compromises good posture, while straining muscles in many areas of the body.
A common result can be the development of trigger points in the back, neck, and torso areas, especially in the elderly. This provides insight into how even activities that don't require extreme physical exertion are still prone to trigger points. Also troublesome, new trigger points may develop when individuals with existing trigger points move unnaturally in an attempt to avoid existing pain, thus further compromising good posture.
Trigger Point Massage Therapist
Trigger Point Therapy in NYC and Wantagh NY
How A Trigger Point Therapist Reduces Pain with Massage
What is Trigger Point Therapy?
Within the human body muscle tissue, there are over 620 potential locations for trigger points to occur. So what exactly is a trigger point, and moreover, what is the benefit of receiving trigger point therapy?
In 1942, Dr. Janet Travell originated the term ‘trigger point’ to describe a broad range of symptomatic pain across literally any muscle system within the body. The term is unique, in that it describes pain that is not attributed to inflammation, degeneration, infection, or local trauma.
Trigger points can have a variety of causes: overexertion, injuries, birth defects, and poor posture being the most common. Although identifying the root cause of a trigger point can certainly help in a preventive sense, the treatment of trigger points requires a strong awareness of how muscles react to many varieties of stress that may cause trigger points. This is the primary reason that massage therapists are the best course of action to treat and help prevent the development of new trigger points.
Trigger Point Therapy Treatment
Trigger point therapy, traditionally, needs to be practiced several times for the patient to experience full benefit. Single sessions may certainly help reduce the pain, but it is a course of treatment over weeks or months, that provide the most benefit to the patient – especially in training muscles to work in new ways to prevent future recurrences. Only a specialized message therapist can rightly determine the best form of treatment.
"Trigger Point Massage Therapy releases muscle spasms known as trigger points and the referred pain that often accompanies them. Within the human body muscle tissue, there are over 620 potential locations for trigger points to occur. Trigger points can have a variety of causes"
-Eugene Wood, LTM
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Seeking treatment for trigger points is the best way to reduce pain and prevent recurrences. A specialized message therapist trained in trigger point massage therapy in NYC or Wantagh, Long Island can provide the treatment to meet individual needs. Please Contact us now about Trigger Point Massage therapy in NYC or Wantagh, Long Island locations for an initial appointment and assessment - we offer a $20.00 discount on your first visit.
Trigger points are often common in patients experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, but may also exist independent of other conditions.
Trigger points that occur without any other underlying causes may be referred to as ‘knots’, or nodule disturbances within a particular muscle – often being felt beneath the skin within muscle tissue.
Such education allows the massage therapist to: be able to identify the cause(s) of trigger points, understand the structure and physiology of trigger points, have an understanding of referred pain – with the ability to translate how this manifests uniquely in individual patients, know the best techniques to treat trigger points professionally, and provide clients with preventive ways to reduce the occurrence of trigger points, along with self-help message practices that patients can utilize on their own.
Massage therapists are the best specialists to attend to and provide trigger point therapy. By the very nature of the profession, massage therapy educates the provider in complex muscular systems and the way they interact with one another. In addition to the usual anatomy courses, trigger point massage therapists in NYC or Wantagh, Long Island who practice Trigger Point Therapy will have completed a course(s) specific to the nature of trigger points.