Over the course of our lives, we all accumulate aches and pains. Even though you must accept some changes as you age, you should also take a moment to listen to your body, as some of those seemingly unexplained moments of discomfort might be within your power to fix. Your physiotherapist may use trigger point release to help manage and prevent muscle pain.
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot in your fascia, the connective tissue attached to your muscles. Trigger points are formed when muscles grow tight into ‘knots’ due to constant tension. These knots usually correspond to referred pain, which is pain felt at a different point than where the injury occurred.
What kind of pain can trigger point release treat?
After an injury, the functions of an affected muscle are carried out by other nearby muscles. When our bodies become accustomed to this new pattern we tend to develop chronic pain.
Trigger point release is a technique physiotherapists use to counter these patterns. This treatment uses pressure applied either manually or through dry-needling, physiotherapy, massage, heat or a combination. Often trigger point release addresses back, hip, shoulder, neck, knee and other muscle pain. It can even reduce headaches and other tension related conditions.
Is trigger point release right for me?
The root cause of pain can often be difficult to diagnose and referred pain from trigger points can be similar to many other conditions. Since there is still some controversy about trigger point release and it is not usually included in medical training, doctors don’t often recommend this form of treatment.
However trigger point release can be one of the most effective methods for relieving common, everyday pain. With time, trigger point release may help you to avoid using pain medication (depending on your condition), and can also be used alongside more traditional treatments.
How much trigger point release is needed?
That depends entirely on what type of pain you’re experiencing. Recent injuries may require only a few sessions of trigger point release, but for more serious, chronic issues you may require intense treatment, followed by ongoing check-ups.
What to expect
Trigger point release comes with some discomfort. Your physiotherapist will be working with affected areas, compressing muscles related to your pain. However, this initial discomfort will aid in the greater flexibility and function of these muscles.
Trigger point release can be used in conjunction with other treatment options. In fact, your physiotherapist will likely prescribe exercises to follow at home so that you can continue repairing and strengthening your muscles.
For many, this form of treatment can feel miraculous. After enduring painful and ineffective treatments due to misdiagnosis, the relief of tension associated with trigger point release can make sufferers of chronic pain feel like they’ve found the answer. However, it is important to remember that physiotherapy relieves pain by helping to restore body function, so you need to remain diligent and committed to your recovery plan.
Trigger point release gives you the opportunity to address pain that feels like an unfortunate reality of day to day life. With dedication and commitment, you and your physiotherapist can work to relieve back, shoulder, hip, joint and many other kinds of pain. Contact Meadowlands Physiotherapy today to discuss the best treatment plan for you.
Why do we need to talk about it? To start, it could dramatically improve your well-being.
The only thing is, well, a lot of us are embarrassed to talk about it.
What is Pelvic Floor Rehab?
Right, first things first, the pelvic floor is a network of muscles that support your pelvic organs. For a man, that means the bladder and bowels, and for women it also supports the vagina and uterus.
Pelvic floor and perinatal rehab aim to strengthen these muscles to treat issues relating to incontinence and sexual dysfunction. These issues may be uncomfortable to talk about, but are undoubtedly better to address and resolve.
Pelvic Floor Issues
You may benefit from pelvic rehab if you experience:
These conditions can be caused by hypertonicity (tight muscles), hypotonicity (weak muscles), or a combination of the two. Pelvic floor rehab begins with a physiotherapist working with you to identify the root of your issues and then designing plan to address those causes directly.
The Trouble with Kegels
You might be familiar with Kegel exercises and think that they are the answer. That is where a physiotherapist’s guidance can prove useful. Kegel exercises strengthen weak or unresponsive muscles, however if your pelvic floor rehab concerns include tight muscles or involves a tear in pelvic muscles, Kegel exercises might do more harm than good.
Both sexes can benefit from pelvic floor rehab, but perinatal rehab keeps women healthy during and after pregnancy (gents can visit this site for more pelvic floor rehab info).
Perinatal rehab helps pregnant women relieve or even pre-empt some of the strain caused by the changes to their bodies during pregnancy. By learning how to move or exercise correctly, women can lower the risk of bladder and bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and relieve back, pelvic, and groin pain.
Perinatal rehab can also help a pregnant woman learn to relax her pelvic floor in anticipation of delivery. A relaxed pelvic floor allows the uterus to expel the baby with minimal strain to the body.
The Role of a Physiotherapist
During perinatal and pelvic floor rehab, a physiotherapist can help you both recover from the strains of pregnancy, and adjust your lifestyle for continued health. Perinatal rehab begins with an examination and discussion about your condition and lifestyle.
Exercises will often focus on spinal alignment and breathing techniques, as well as an emphasis on how you can safely activate your muscles. It may also include advice on how to accomplish everyday tasks safely. Your perinatal rehab also includes prescribed exercise.
Your physiotherapist will also be able to advise you on self-management and help you determine when it is safe to return to high intensity activities like running, jumping, etc.
Men and women of all ages can benefit from pelvic floor rehab, and perinatal rehab can play a role in safe pregnancies. Contact Meadowlands Physiotherapy today to speak with a physiotherapist about exercises that are the best fit for you!