Comparisons between Therapies (Part 2)

The long wait is over! Here is the next set of explanation about the therapies and choice you should make when choosing them.

  • Trigger Point Therapy

A Trigger Point is an area within a muscle that causes pain in other parts of body. For example, a Trigger Point in the back might be producing a referred pain to the neck or shoulders which could then cause tension headaches from the neck. These pain can be sharp or dull aches.

Trigger Point Therapy is specifically used to alleviate the source of pain through using cycles of pressure applied to the point and release. With this type of massage and Trigger Point Therapy, patients will be actively participating using deep breathing and also identifying the exact point and intensity of the discomfort from the Therapy.

The benefits of Trigger Point Therapy are used to release constricted areas in the muscles thus reducing pain. A significant decrease in pain can be experienced after just one treatment. Also, receiving massage and Trigger Point Therapy coupled in a treatment on a regular basis can help naturally reduce pain and stress from chronic stress.

  • Facilitated Stretch

Facilitated Stretch has been in the sports industry for the longest time, it is used through the professional sports industry for athletes warming up and post exercise to help in the overall performance. The purpose of Facilitated Stretching is of course as the name says to stretch out muscles and help in warming up muscles to its soft supple form. These which will help in range of motion and preventing injury. Preventing injury as many of us know, the tighter our muscles get, the more it affects and pulls on our bones, compresses nerves and also affects movements over time.

As we all know flexibility is crucial for optimal performance and reducing risk of injury. Facilitated Stretch comes in various forms and one of them involves contracting a muscle that you lengthen. Increases the tension at the muscle-tendon junction and will also activate Golgi tendon organs. In essence, it is tricking the body to relax and create an environment where both the agonist and antagonist muscles are working hand in hand. Most of the time Stretch will need to be done slow and held at a position long enough to allow for the muscle to naturally lengthen and with consistent breathe techniques it’ll also increase the rate of relaxation of the muscles.

With the use of Facilitated Stretching, athletes reduce the risk of injury and probability of getting other chronic or acute problems in the future. It also helps to a degree improve overall Posture, as we all should know a fully holistic approach is needed to counter Posture as a whole. By using this method and others as stated above, it’ll not only increase mobility of the patient, it will also like all the other therapies reduce incidence of injuries.

Therefore, with the therapies explained. We see benefits in each and if applied correctly for the right purpose.