Myofascial Trigger Point Evaluation & Therapy
Pain can be referred from other areas of the body and often limits range of motion. Trigger points, also know as muscle knots, are hyperirritable spots (a collection of several painful chemicals produced by the brain) stuck in taut bands of skeletal muscle fibers. Pain often radiates from these points to broader areas. Through reliable referred pain patterns and lost range of motion, we can evaluate and release the triggers through compression and a specific series of movement stretching that helps regain full range of motion and release the pain.
Compression of the trigger point may cause a twitch and elicit local tenderness, and/or referred pain. It is important the client do the stretching work after each session in order to gain the most benefit. The movement stretching helps continue pushing out all those painful chemicals that were released during the compression work.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system.
How does Cranio-Sacral Therapy Work?
The central nervous system is heavily influenced by the cranio-sacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the cranio-sacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the cranio-sacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the cranio-sacral system.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, Cranio-Sacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of problems, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment. "Upledger Institute"
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