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$50 for a 60 minute massage
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$50 for a 15 minute massage, & Initial Chiropractic Exam/Adjustment
$55 Massage Saturdays (Excluding Myofascial)
Massage Saturdays are back this March. Enjoy a 60-minute massage (excluding Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy) for just $55.
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30 minute massage for just $30 between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. — sounds like a great lunch break to us!
$55 Massage Saturdays (Excluding Myofascial)
Visit us this February and take advantage of our 60-minute, $55 massage Saturdays (excluding Myofascial). We’re looking forward to seeing you.
$50 Initial Chiropractic Exam and Adjustment
For our February Chiropractic Special, we are offering a $50 initial exam and adjustment. If you haven’t come to us before for chiropractic care, now is the perfect time to start!
What is Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy and how can it benefit me?
To understand what Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is, we must first define a trigger point. A Trigger Point is a hyper-irritable section in muscle tissue that, when compressed, is locally tender and, if sufficiently hypersensitive, gives rise to referred pain and tenderness. Usually these points are located in a section of tight muscle tissue. Trigger Points arise from many different perpetuating factors, some of which include: poor posture, repetitive muscle use, poor sleeping habits, lack of hydration/nutrition, and an inactive lifestyle. All these things (and more) add up to a dysfunctional muscle that is chronically tightened, shortened, and can’t “turn off” or relax. These shortened muscles fill with various pain emitting chemicals that localize in a “knot,” or Trigger Point. These chemicals then disrupt the muscle’s nerve signal and redirect a pain signal to another area of the body.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is the release of those points. Trigger Points can be evaluated and located by postural evaluation and muscle range of motion testing. They are then addressed by using manual techniques such as compression, lengthening and stretching the muscle tissue to restore normal range of motion. A frequent topic of discussion is why Trigger Points are tender and sensitive. This is because the muscle is filled with chemicals that, when in the process of removal from the muscle, evoke a pain response. After these chemicals are flushed from the muscle, subsequent bodywork should not be painful. A skilled therapist can balance the amount of pressure needed to alleviate the trigger point, while staying within the patient’s comfort level.
At Pro Massage Health Solutions, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is typically performed over a series of sessions consisting of a thorough evaluation of the client’s posture, key muscle tests to find range of motion deficiencies (an indication of Trigger Points), hands on therapy to address those deficiencies and restore normal, pain-free, movement. After the therapy, a self-care plan of treatment is customized for the individual patient’s needs to ensure maximum results, and future sessions are outlined.
The practice of self-care is essential for addressing Trigger Points. After a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy session, the patient should continue self-care at home to prevent the Trigger Point from reforming and to keep the muscle(s) healthy. Self-care practices include: stretching, compression with hands or therapy tools, and the use of heat or cool packs to keep the muscle loose and flexible. These techniques are usually performed daily to reinforce the muscles “memory” to remain loose and agile.
This is a picture of the pain referral pattern for the trapezius muscle. The black X’s represent the probable location of Trigger Points, and the red areas are where the point refers pain to. In this example, pain from this trigger point would most likely be described (by patient) as a headache or migraine, when in actuality, Trigger Points are referring pain to the temples and back of the head and neck. Although there may not be “pain” where the trigger point is located, the pain is felt in the referral area.
This is why it is difficult to diagnose many of today’s common ailments. It is also a leading cause of misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments or surgeries in today’s medical society. Luckily, most Trigger Points follow a general pattern; so by comparing “where it hurts” to Myofascial pain referral patterns, the therapist can usually narrow the culprit down to a few probable areas of focus, and create a plan to relieve and even eliminate chronic pain.
The conventional model of pain management and treatment of muscular dysfunction considers one or more of the following methods as appropriate therapeutic protocols:
In this conventional model, one thing is often overlooked: Muscular dysfunction as a major cause or consequence of the pain problem.
If muscular dysfunction is not specifically addressed, it will persist and none of the methods listed above will, in general, will bring lasting pain relief or alleviation of the dysfunction.
Pain needs to be understood as an important part of the therapeutic process. First, it tells you where to look for the source of the problem, so it’s the most important clue. Painkillers don’t help, except to temporarily mask the pain. Second the pain is a necessary part of effective treatment. Muscular compression will usually cause some pain, but the patient always decides when it’s enough (6-7 on a scale of 1-10). Compression, massage, stretching, and movement are the keys to effective treatment of muscular dysfunction. Don’t let the fear of pain prevent you from trying this approach. You are in control at every stage, whether you treat yourself or are treated by a therapist.
Trigger points are nothing more than tight, irritable spots in a taut band of muscle which are tender or painful when compressed, or which refer pain to another location in the body. Almost everyone trigger points somewhere in their body. They are very commonly found in the neck and upper back.
The good news is that you can learn to relieve and prevent the recurrence of the trigger points by using well designed self care techniques. More importantly you are in charge of the process! You can decide how much, when , where how and how often you need to treat the problem, and you can monitor your own physical response and adjust the treatment based on the results you are getting.
We have found that effective treatment of “muscular Trigger Point” can reduce or eliminate:
In summary, effective treatment of the muscles themselves is essential for lasting relief of most chronic pain problems. Myofascial trigger point therapy can help you identify the location of muscular trouble spots and treat them through compression, massage, stretching and movement. You can personally learn how to develop an effective self care program to deal with the muscular componants of your pain problem.
Pro Massage Health Solutions can help you create a plan to get you feeling a lot better. Call us today to set an appointment.
Info obtained from Sharon Sauer, CMTPT, LMT
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