Physiotherapy (PT) and trigger point massage therapy can help a broad spectrum of patients with many types of medical conditions. Here are the basic candidate criteria for PT and for massage therapy, along with a couple of common questions and answers related to each form of therapy.
Physiotherapy – patients it can help
Physiotherapy can strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility, and alleviate pain in the injured area. PT can improve the healing process for many types of injuries, three examples of which are meniscus tears, plantar fasciitis, and back pain. PT can also reduce pain and raise the functionality level for patients with chronic health issues, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and spinal stenosis. It can even serve a rehabilitative role for patients following a major cardiac event or stroke.
What happens in a first physiotherapy visit?
In your first appointment, a therapist will conduct an evaluation to determine your current physical condition and any issues with the following:
- range of motion;
- strength in the region of the body requiring therapy; and
- joint functionality.
They will then discuss with you the first steps in your corrective treatment plan.
What if treatments or recommended exercises make me feel sore?
During muscular contraction, your body is unable to remove metabolites from the part of your body where the issue lies, which can generate soreness. Use ice and heat, and communicate any persistent soreness at your next visit.
Trigger point therapy – patients it can help
Trigger point therapy is a specialized form of massage therapy and can be effective for patients with injuries and chronic health issues such as those aided by PT. Essentially, it helps by bringing relaxation to the muscles, which in turn improves range of motion and flexibility. Circulation is assisted as well, as is neural functioning. By calming the nervous system, blood pressure can be brought within the normal range and migraines (in some cases) can be alleviated. Massage therapy can even reduce cancer symptoms, as shown in a recent study by Sloan-Kettering.
Trigger point therapy FAQ
Does trigger point therapy hurt?
When you get a trigger point massage treatment, you may at times feel a small amount of discomfort. However, it should never be painful. A patient can and should ask that the amount of pressure be reduced if pain is ever experienced.
- Do you have further questions about physiotherapy or trigger point therapy? We provide both types of therapy as components of a comprehensive treatment plan at Pain Stop Clinics. We customize our treatments to each patient, with plans that avoid surgery and lifelong reliance on medication.