Muscle Pain: Try Trigger Point Therapy

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Muscle Pain: Try Trigger Point Therapy

Here in Rittenhouse personal training remains our focus. And at The PrivatGym™ | Rittenhouse we also focus on our clients’ well-being. We have clients with persistent muscle pain. And, it doesn’t respond to conventional treatment. Regardless of cause, the pain just hangs on.

A savvy Rittenhouse personal training client did some research. She suggested that we look into trigger point needle therapy. Or as our go-to practitioner Jacquelin Doyle, M.Ac. L.Ac. at Renaissance Healing Arts calls it the “Tender Point Release” technique.

So what is trigger point therapy about? And how does it relate to Rittenhouse Personal Training?

Well, it’s a story:

First, in the 1940’s Dr. Janet Travell researched hard nodules that occur in taut bands of muscle. She found that they caused muscle (myofascial) pain. And she named these nodules “trigger points”

Travell’s research found three types of muscular trigger points:

  • Active Trigger Points – these cause persistent pain at the source.
  • Latent Trigger Points – these cause pain when touched.
  • Satellite Trigger Points – these seem to cause pain in remote muscles.

Second, trigger points in the muscle are tensed. They seem to aggravate muscle tautness. This causes pain.

Travell and others found that engaging the trigger points with techniques like deep tissue massage started to relax the nodule. Pain relief followed.

Practitioners then began inserting thin hollow needles into trigger points. They used them to deliver local anesthetics. This achieved better temporary pain relief.

Third, in 1979 Dr. Karl Lewit’s did more research.  He fount that the needles alone produced as effective pain relief. Dry needling was born.

For The PrivatGym™ | Rittenhouse team and many of our Rittenhouse personal training clients, dry needling helps reduce muscle pain.

Here’s the technique as explained to our Rittenhouse Personal Training Team:

  • A skilled practitioner identifies trigger points.
  • They insert a fine “filiform” needle into the core of the trigger point.
  • They then gently manipulate the needle for up to 15 minutes.

You might ask what happens. Here’s what we know:

Trigger point needling interrupts the biomechanical pattern of the trigger point. This passively stretches the taut muscle.

And the trigger point’s chemistry changes from acid to alkaline.

That change causes a micro-trauma.

Endorphins get released which reduces pain and promotes healing.

With persistent muscle pain that doesn’t respond to therapy why not try tender point release needling? We believe that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Jacquelin suggests adding cupping or guasha therapy to micro-needling for persistent muscle pain. Both increase circulation and help smooth your muscle fascia. This also promotes pain relief and healing.