Clinical Massage Therapy and Trigger Point Therapy
How can massage therapy help you heal?
There is a very important issue to consider when seeking help for your muscle pain in many traditional settings. Many practitioners know very little about muscles. Even though there are hundreds of muscles in your body, have you ever heard of a muscleologist? There are cardiologists, neurologists, endrocrinologists, rheumatologists, etc....but there is no one who focuses specifically on muscles.
Here is where clinical massage therapy and trigger point therapy will help.
Traditional medicine, for the most part, focuses on the site of your actual pain. The treatment goal is to get rid of the pain with medication, physical therapy, surgery or other means. Many repetitive stress injuries and conditions do not respond well to these traditional treatments.
My job is to investigate the source of your pain. For example, you may have pain on the outside of your knee. The doctor will focus there. The source of your pain may be trigger points in the Iliotibial Band or hip flexor. That's where I will start to help you heal from that knee pain.
As a clinical massage therapist I need to know about practically every muscle in your body. Unlike most other health professionals, I need to be able to feel each muscle. This is called "palpation". As I palpate a muscle, I am seeking to find tightness, trigger points and any other abnormality such as scar tissue.