Literally means “muscle therapy” and is the application of direct pressure to trigger points- painful areas where muscles have been irritated or injured and formed a knot- to relieve pain. The therapist will use their fingers, knuckles, and elbows to press for several seconds on irritated points, until it releases. This process is slightly painful, but relief occurs once the knot is eliminated and the muscle is released.
Trigger points begin to accumulate in the body before birth and continue to do so throughout life. These points lie dormant until something sets them off; for example, a fall, stress, an automobile accident, or wearing tight shoes. Pain may occur either at the trigger point or at a remote spot where the primary trigger points has ‘referred’ the pain. They feel like a firm round knot and are filled with toxins.