Trigger points are focused knots of pain located in tightened muscle tissue. They develop out of acute or repetitive overtraining, musculoskeletal imbalance, injury or other kind of strain.
Trigger point acupuncture is a newer style of acupuncture developed in America based on the writings of Dr. Janet Travell.
Trigger point acupuncture is particularly effective for clients experiencing muscle and joint pains resulting from injuries, chronic orthopedic conditions, and any pain resulting from repetitive strains and stress. It is appropriate for athletes, yoga practitioners, dancers, personal trainers, cross-fit enthusiasts and other people with active lifestyles but it can also be used to treat work or recreational injuries, and car/other accidents.
A trigger point session begins with the practitioner examining the joints and musculature of the client in order to identify specific areas of tightness, restriction and pain. The acupuncturist is then able to manipulate the nerves controlling the muscle in the targeted area to cause a light twitching or slight flexation. The intended effect is to allow the muscle to flex and relax slightly and relieve the pressure or tense area. Muscles often work in conjunction with other muscles and the area treated is not always the area where the client experiences the most pain.
If you'd like to learn more about trigger point acupuncture, check out this great article by Tricia Smith, a specialist here in New York City.
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