Traditional Massage vs. Trigger Point Therapy

While some of the goals of massage therapy and trigger point therapy are similar or shared, there are significant differences.   

Whether choosing traditional massage therapy or trigger point therapy, every treatment session is individually tailored for you. Gentle touch and deep tissue work may be involved within the same session, dependent upon its appropriateness and/or your preferences. 

The goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment, within a clinical setting, to promote healing and relaxation.  Cancer-sensitive massage is also available.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy typically employs manual compression of the trigger point after it is located within the muscle fiber. This therapy does not involve the use of lotions or oils. Instead, pain patterns are identified, and the involved muscles are treated.  Muscle range of motion testing, postural evaluation, active stretching, and myofascial release are some of the techniques and/or processes involved with trigger point therapy.  It is a more specific and clinical modality in its approach to acute and chronic pain treatment. 

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy helps release chronic muscular tension and pain, improves circulation, increases muscle range of motion, reduces mental and physical fatigue and stress, promotes faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improves posture, and even aids in reducing blood pressure.  While it creates an overall sense of well-being, it isn’t necessarily as specific as trigger point therapy.  It is typically a less interactive form of treatment because one of its main goals is relaxation.  With traditional massage, oils and lotions can aid in releasing muscle tension and creating a feeling of relaxation.

Interested in an appointment and evaluation?  Call us at 724-787-5915 to make an appointment.