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Trigger Point Massage Therapy

Trigger Point Massage Therapy is a pressure-based massage treatment that works directly on the feet (and occasionally the hands). Specific points in the hands and feet correspond with organs and different systems within the body. Trigger Point sessions relieve stress, promote relaxation and detoxification, and ease various forms of discomfort including digestive issues, insomnia, and soreness.

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Trigger point massage, a therapeutic technique, is designed to target and alleviate trigger points, which are hyperirritable knots or tight bands of muscle tissue that can cause localized or referred pain. This specialized form of massage therapy focuses on identifying and releasing these specific points of tension to provide relief from pain, discomfort, and muscle-related issues. Here, we will delve into the essence of trigger point massage:

Understanding Trigger Points: Trigger points, often referred to as "knots" in the muscle, can develop due to a variety of factors, including overuse, injury, poor posture, or stress. These points of tension are typically small, hard, and sensitive areas within a muscle. While the pain may be localized, it can also radiate to other parts of the body, creating a cascade of discomfort.

The Purpose of Trigger Point Massage: Trigger point massage aims to identify and address these specific areas of muscular tension. By applying targeted pressure and using various massage techniques, a trained therapist seeks to release the constricted muscle fibers and relieve pain. The pressure applied during the massage helps to relax the muscle and restore proper blood flow, enabling the muscle to return to its normal function.

The Process: During a trigger point massage session, the therapist will begin by discussing your symptoms and medical history. They will then use their knowledge of trigger point locations to palpate and identify the problem areas. Once the trigger points are located, the therapist will apply direct pressure using their fingers, thumbs, or specialized tools. This pressure is typically firm and may cause some discomfort, often described as "good pain." The therapist will work on the trigger points, holding the pressure until the tension releases.

Conditions Treated: Trigger point massage is commonly used to alleviate a range of conditions, including tension headaches, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, and various musculoskeletal pain issues. It is also beneficial for addressing issues like limited range of motion, muscle stiffness, and chronic pain.

Benefits:

  • Pain Relief: Trigger point massage provides relief from pain and discomfort associated with trigger points and muscle tension.
  • Improved Range of Motion: By releasing tight muscles, it can enhance flexibility and mobility.
  • Stress Reduction: It can also have a calming effect and reduce overall stress.
  • Better Posture: Addressing trigger points can help correct imbalances in the body, leading to improved posture.

Considerations:

  • A therapist's skill and experience are essential for effective trigger point massage, as applying too much pressure or improper technique can lead to discomfort or injury.
  • Some discomfort may be experienced during the massage, but it should not be excessively painful. Communication with the therapist is key to ensuring that the pressure is at a tolerable level.
  • Hydration and stretching following a trigger point massage are often recommended to prevent muscle soreness.

In conclusion, trigger point massage is a specialized approach to alleviate localized and referred pain caused by muscle tension and trigger points. It requires a skilled therapist who can identify and apply precise pressure to release these knots effectively. When performed correctly, trigger point massage can provide relief from a range of muscular issues, ultimately promoting greater comfort and improved quality of life for those experiencing chronic pain or discomfort.


Justine Baskey Registered Massage Therapist

Justine Baskey

RMT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Massage Therapist

Justine graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2010 and Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Education in 2012. She began teaching in 2013 and continues to supply teach. Returning to school Justine graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Georgian College in 2020.

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Kelsey Watson Registered Massage Therapist

Kelsey Watson

RMT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Massage Therapist

Kelsey graduated from the Sir Stanford Fleming College massage program in 2021 with honours and has been working as a full-time RMT ever since. She has always had a passion for the body, fitness and keeping active through sports, all of which she brings to each and every one of her treatments. Kelsey has been trained in deep tissue massage, trig... See More

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Alyssa Point Registered Massage Therapist

Alyssa Point

RMT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Massage Therapist

Alyssa graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2019 and earned her Diploma of Massage Therapy from the Ontario College of Health and Technology in 2020. She has also had the opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills working with sports teams and as a physiotherapist assistant. As an RMT, Alyssa’s main goal is to ... See More

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Natalia Rey Vidal Registered Massage Therapist

Natalia Rey Vidal

RMT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

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A graduate from Sutherland Chan in Toronto Natalia has had the opportunity to both practice and teach massage. Natalia has had varied experiences from treating patients with chronic pain, neuropathy, pregnancy to sports massage. Natalia utilizes Swedish Massage techniques along with myofascial release and trigger point therapy to treat pain and... See More

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Tracey Donald Registered Massage Therapist

Tracey Donald

RMT

Location: Innisfil MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

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Tracey is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with 15 years of experience. She attended Georgian College in Barrie where she graduated with Honours and became licensed in 2008. She has continued her education throughout her career and is always looking to learn more about health and wellness. Through her continued education and experience, she ... See More

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Brody Edwards Registered Massage Therapist

Brody Edwards

RMT

Location: Innisfil MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

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Brody is a Georgian College Graduate and became a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in 2022. Before becoming an RMT, he spent the last 10 years exploring his passion for biomechanics, soft tissue mobilization and exercise.

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Chloe Howe Registered Massage Therapist

Chloe Howe

RMT

Location: Innisfil MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Massage Therapist

Chloe graduated with Honours in Massage Therapy from Georgian College in 2020. She is specialized in deep tissue massage, trigger point release, Swedish techniques and stress management. She is passionate about everything she does and loves helping people become the best version of themselves. Regardless of your activity level, she will work har... See More

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Ashley Cotugno  Registered Massage Therapist

Ashley Cotugno

RMT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Massage Therapist

Ashley graduated from York University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science with Specialized Honours in Kinesiology. After taking some time off, she decided to pursue her passion in becoming a Massage Therapist by attending Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy in Toronto, graduating in 2019. She has had clinica... See More

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Tracy Blanchard Registered Massage Therapist

Tracy Blanchard

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Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

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Rachel Zheng Registered Massage Therapist

Rachel Zheng

RMT

Location: Barrie MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Registered Massage Therapist

Rachel is a registered massage therapist and has over 10 years of experience in health and wellness environments. She is dedicated to providing high quality therapeutic massage to her patients and has been trained in deep tissue massage, shiatsu, hot stone massage, pregnancy massage (side-lying), reflexology, meridian massage and acupressure mas... See More

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Keisha Burnett Masage Therapist

Keisha Burnett

RMT

Location: Innisfil MyoDynamic Health Physiotherapy & Orthotics

Masage Therapist

Keisha Burnett has been a massage therapist for 8 years and graduated from Everest Collage in 2013. She specializes in deep tissue massage, Swedish techniques and trigger point release therapy. She also became a Reiki Master in 2020 and is extremely passionate about infusing this modality in to her massage in order to help release trapped trauma... See More

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