Myofascial trigger point therapy is a type of bodywork which aims to release muscular tension by applying concentrated pressure to trigger points, areas of the muscle which hold pain and tension. This type of bodywork is also sometimes referred to as myofascial release or trigger point therapy, with most therapists using the terms adopted by the people who trained them. Several professional trade organizations for therapists who offer myofascial trigger point therapy can be found around the world, and many such organizations offer referrals for people who are interested in this type of bodywork.
The idea behind myofascial trigger point therapy is that trigger points in the body harbor tension which contributes to muscle pain, bad posture, soreness, and general aches and pains, along with irritability, stress, and emotional tension. If a massage therapist can find these pressure points and release the pressure by working the fascia, the trigger points will “release,” allowing greater freedom of movement and reducing the pain associated with the trigger points.
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