Myofascial Trigger Points (commonly recognized as muscle knots)
Myofascial Trigger Points (MTrPs) are hyperirritable spots located at the muscle, fascia, or tendinous insertions, in which the local pain is perceived as deep and aching in palpable taut band, referred pain in the same or a distant position, and local twitch responses (LTRs). MTrPs commonly come from chronic injury, sustained overload of muscles, prolonged poor posture, muscle clenching and tensing due to stress and direct injury, certain nutrient and hormone insufficiency, comorbidities. Muscle imbalance may also maintain the MTrP in an active status and induce recurrent pain. All types of population can suffer from Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS), especially individuals who often participate in sports and those who experience age-related degeneration.
Massage therapy is very effective to release MTrPs by applying a variety of techniques such as Soft Tissue Therapy and Muscle Energy Techniques. Meanwhile, self-care exercise as a supplementary approach needs to perform such as static stretching and muscle strengthening to maintain the effect of massage therapy and prevent from MTrPs formation.
You may experience pain relief during the first treatment or some soreness for one to two days after treatment, which usually resolves after the first few treatments. Feeling fatigue is common as the chronically held musculature is allowed to relax and return to a normal tone.