Trigger Point Therapy was developed by Dr. Janet Travell, who treated JFK for back pain during his years in Senate. Her treatment was so successful that she went on to become the first female White House physician.
Her therapy focuses on the release of trigger points. These are hypersensitive spots in an injured muscle which refer (or â€œtrigger) pain in other muscle groups. For example, if you have pain in your lower back, it could be from a trigger point in your hip muscle.
Left untreated, the pain can become a chronic condition. Long after the initial injury has healed, you may still experience discomfort. The trigger point will continue to keep the muscles tight, restrict blood flow and compress nerves. It can become a vicious cycle.
Fortunately, Trigger Point Therapy is a highly effective treatment for breaking up these spots, thus ending the cycle of pain. You can learn to locate these points and release them yourself. Books, such as â€œThe Trigger Point Therapy Workbookâ€, will teach you how to use short, repetitive massage strokes to release points of tension and restore proper blood flow.
To get the most benefit from this work, we suggest the use of a tool such as the TheraCane or Trigger Pointer. These tools will allow you to work your trigger points more deeply and accurately. By learning these techniques you can take one more step toward well-being. You will feel confident in knowing that you can relax your muscles and alleviate your pain.