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Trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy is a form of treatment which uses deep tissue massage of specific trigger points to help relieve pain and improve function.

What is trigger point therapy?

Trigger points can be found within muscle or tendons. They are points of irritability and increased sensitivity which can result in shortening, tightening or spasm of the affected area. These trigger points are highly sensitive to pain upon compression. Treatment of these points can involve using digital pressure or dry needling which helps to relieve pain found within that area and assist in joint repair.

What podiatry related conditions can trigger point therapy help with?

Trigger point therapy can be used in the treatment of the following podiatry related conditions;

  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Painful calves
  • Arch pain
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Shin splints

How does trigger point therapy work?

When injury occurs or the foot is exposed to repeated stresses and strains, toxins can accumulate around the nerves within the muscles. If this accumulation persists, nodules can form, putting pressure on the area of nerve causing pain. When heavy pressure is applied to a trigger point, the temperature within that muscle increases. This leads to improved circulation which helps to remove the toxins that have collected within the muscle. Applying deep pressure also resets the irritability within the trigger point, causing it to relax and as a result no longer be actively causing pain or further problems.

What are the benefits of trigger point therapy?

There are a number of benefits associated with trigger point therapy, they include;

  • Low risk ' manual trigger point therapy is gentle and non-invasive
  • Greater flexibility and freedom of movement
  • There is greater flexion and extension available at the joint
  • The degree of tension within the muscle is reduced
  • The need for correction or treatment using surgical methods or drug intervention is reduced

Similar treatments / services that could help?

Alternative treatments that could be used to treat painful symptoms within the foot and lower leg include;

  • Orthotics/Insoles
  • Steroid injections
  • Massage therapy
  • Stretches and strengthening exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Acupressure and acupuncture treatments.
  • Soft tissue mobilisation therapy
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