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TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Trigger Point Therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Some times massage and trigger point therapy are performed together.
Trigger Point Therapy is also called myofascial trigger point therapy. It was developed by Dr. Janet Travell in the United States in the 1940's.
Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. There are two basic types of trigger points: active and latent.
Active trigger points cause muscular pain and will refer pain and tenderness to another area of the body when pressure is applied. Latent trigger points only exhibit pain when compressed, they do not refer pain to other areas of the body. Latent trigger points are believed to be one of the causes of stiff joints and restricted range of motion of old age.
Trigger points may be associated with myofasical pain syndromes or fibromyalgia. Trigger points are very common. They are also referred to as muscle knots.
Trigger points differ from acupressure points. Acupressure points are concentration of energy or blockages of the body's energy pathways. Trigger points are physical phenomena that can be felt by touch.
The pain caused by trigger points may be the biggest cause of disability and loss of time in the workplace.
Trigger points have several causes. Some common causes of trigger points are: birth trauma, an injury sustained in a fall or accident, poor posture , or over exertion.
The purpose of trigger point therapy is to eliminate pain and to re-educate the muscles into pain-free habits. After several treatments, the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain is reduced, range of motion is increased, tension is relieved, and circulation, flexibiity and co-ordination are improved.
Physicians Dr. Travell and Simons's defined a myo-fascial Trigger Points as a "Hyperirritable Spot" in a skeletal muscle, giving rise to referred pain, tenderness and dysfuction. Myofascial Dry Needling is based on Western anatomy and physiology biomechanics to identify myofascial trigger points. MDN involves the insertion of fine sterile needles tapped painlessly into the skin, through a tube, and goes directly into the myofascial Trigger Point, causing pain relief, healing, and releasing of endorphins.
Dry needling is a broad term used to differentiate “non-injection. Dry needling utilises a solid, filament needle, as is used in the practice of acupuncture, and relies on the stimulation of specific reactions in the target tissue for its therapeutic effect.
Dry needling can be used in most cases the majority of the time and with less energy expenditure on behalf of the practitioner and equal or better effect than other manual techniques currently being used.If practiced well there is also a remarkable absence of the “post treatment tissue soreness” often experienced by the subject following other manual therapy interventions.
The benefits of Dry Needling are as follows:
- Reduction of muscular pain, swelling and stiffness
- Increase range of motion of the muscles and joints
- Improved circulation and co-ordination
- Greater flexibility and elasticity
Cupping has been practiced for thousands of years for the teatment of disease and pain. It is a form of acupuncture that focuses on the movement of blood, energy called Qi and body fluids, such as lymph - which circulates around the body's tissues.
Oriental medicine states pain is due to stagnation of these systems. This stagnation can be a result of injury or stress. Cupping is believed to stimulate flow of blood, lymph and Qi to the affected area. Its uses include relieving pain in the muscles, especially back pain from stiffness or injury, and clearing congesiton in the chest, which can occur with colds and flu.
Aromatherapy is a therapy with aroma . The term was actually coined by a French chemist, RM Gattefosse and is now almost a household word. Aromatherapy is really the art and science of using essental oils , although any aromatic substance can be used, to heal common ailments and complaints in a gentle and calming way.
Used as a healing technique for thousands of years by various cultures, aromatherapy aids in relaxation, improves circulation and helps the healing of wounds.
Essential Oils (which are extracted from herbs, flowers, resin, woods and roots) are the key ingredients used with this form of therapy to treat, calm or cure the body, mind and soul.
Aromatherapy pleasant smelling oils help relieve tension and improve a person's general health and well being. They can be used as part of a relaxing massage, in steam inhalations, in baths or in diffusers and vapourisers to release calming or invigorating smell into the atmosphere
Aromatherapy healing can complement many modalities of natural therapy and can assist in healing or improve our general well-being. Essential oils can be burnt in oil burners, dropped on furniture or rubbed directly onto the skin.
Some key ares of facilitated healing are:
- Anxiety or stress
- Frequent headaches or migranes
- Emotional trauma, grief or major life crisis
- High blood pressure or poor circulation
- Depression or irritability
Ear Candling was an ancient remedy used by the Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks and Hopi Indians of North America and is now widely used in many countries throughout the modern world. Each candle is still carefully made by hand from the traditional receipe. Locally administered heat stimulates the energy points and reflex zones.
Ear Candles are a clearing therapy and are used very successfully for many problems associated with the ears and the head area. The lymph system and metabolism can be influenced by this intensive, pleasant and completely painless method of operation. Ear candles are used to cleanse and harmonise the different energy fields of the individual (the aura) in preparation for the state of trance and drive out negative energies.
Ear Candling may obtain beneficial results in the following cases:
- Fungal Problems
- Excessive wax build up
- Toxic residue from medications
- Glue ear or swim ear
- Foggy head
- Before taking a flight
- Hearing improvement