Differences between trigger point and myofascial release massage therapy

October 21, 2019

Trigger point and myofascial release massage therapies are both popular massage modalities in most physiotherapy clinics in Dubai. Some people think that they are one and the same but in reality, they are two different types of massages and each offers unique benefits. In this post, you will learn what trigger point and myofascial release massage therapies are and their difference.

First, let us define each of these techniques.

Trigger point therapy, as its name suggests, is a type of massage that targets “trigger points.” So, what are trigger points?

They are tight areas in your muscle tissues that cause pain and discomfort. Trigger points may be caused by the constant contraction of your muscle. Moreover, trigger points can be really tricky because of how it causes pain. Trigger points, in most cases, actually causes pain in other parts of the body. For example, a trigger point located on your back may cause pain not on the back, but on your neck and head. Pain may be intense, dull, or sharp.

The main purpose of trigger point manual therapy is to eliminate the trigger points. By applying isolated pressure, together with the deep breathing of the patient, the therapist is able to locate trigger points. Through a specialised massage technique, the therapist would then relax the trigger point and thereby, eliminating or decreasing pain.

On the other hand, myofascial massage therapy is mainly directed to the myofascial areas of the body. To better understand myofascial massage, you need to know what myofascia is.

Myofascia came from the words, myo, which means muscles and fascia, which refers to the tough, elastic, and thin connective tissue that surrounds a lot of anatomical structures in the body, including the muscles. In myofascial massage, a therapist uses gentle sustained pressure on the muscle tissue to release fascial tension – hence the name, myofascial release therapy.

Under normal circumstances, the myofascial area should be elastic, but it can get stiff and restrict movement. Through focused stretching and manual application of pressure, the therapist is able to loosen up these tight and stiff areas leading to reduced pain and improved range of motion.

As you can see, there are basic differences between trigger point massage and myofascial release. Perhaps, the main reason why some people think that they are the same is because of how closely they are related to each other.

For example, myofascial tissues are found all over the body. Therefore, any form of massage techniques would somehow include myofascial tissues. It would be difficult to perform trigger point massage therapy without hitting the myofascial areas. In the same manner, since trigger points also involve the myofascial tissues, then myofascial release massage could also be used to hit trigger points.

Instead of contradicting each other, trigger point massage and myofascial release work together in harmony to deliver maximum therapeutic effect to the body.

There are more to know about these amazing therapy techniques. For this reason, you will not regret visiting Scandinavian Physiotherapy Center. As a leading Dubai physiotherapy clinic, they have solid expertise when it comes to performing trigger point massage and myofascial release. Aside from that, they also perform other incredible physiotherapy services. Give them a call now!