The skin contains more than 5,000 touch receptors, and touch of almost any kind can lower your heart rate and have a positive impact on your blood pressure. Massage therapy takes that relationship one step farther with the application of intentional healthy touch to deliver tremendous benefit to your overall health and well being. There are many types of massage therapy and today we’ll focus on the benefits of trigger point therapy.
Trigger point therapy can help with headaches
Trigger point therapy is a type of massage that focuses on identifying and releasing trigger points throughout the body. Headaches are just one chronic condition that can be benefited by this type of massage. It helps by improving the flow of blood, as well as nutrients and oxygen from the blood, to all parts of the body.
Improved range of motion
When trigger points form in your body, it keeps healthy blood from circulating to all of your soft tissues. Without blood, and the oxygen and nutrients that it carries, muscles, tendons, and joints can’t work as effectively as they should. Massage therapy of all kinds, especially trigger point therapy, can help your soft tissues to function as they should.
Trigger point therapy can decrease pain
Most pain in the body can be traced to a source of inflammation. When inflammation occurs, it signals for your body to send more white blood cells to a specific site. Their arrival can increase redness, tenderness, swelling, and pain. Trigger point therapy can help to reduce inflammation and thereby reduce the root cause of pain felt.
Can help improve posture
Poor posture can be a side effect of muscle overuse. Trigger point therapy can help to reverse that by eliminating the knots or trigger points in affected areas. Once these points are released, normal blood flow will return to the area and improve range of motion. Improved range of motion and soft tissue function can have a dramatic effect on your posture.