Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy is the art and science of treating the myofascial dysfunction in muscles, fascia, ligaments, and tendons due to the presence of Trigger Points. Trigger Point Therapy is performed without drugs, surgery or other invasive techniques.
One of the most popular techniques for treating Trigger Points is the use of manual compression techniques. This might appear to be similar to deep tissue massage - however a Trigger Point therapist is trained to assess the overall muscular health of their patient, identify myofascial pain and dysfunction, and precisely locate and treat the associated Trigger Points - this is not a spa massage!
Trigger Point Therapy also involves the use of various other techniques including active contract/relax and post-isometric relaxation, vapor coolant spray and stretch and ultrasound. Recently, the use of an advanced medical device, the Piezo Wave 2, which delivers extra corporeal shock wave therapy to the dysfunctional muscle's taut bands . This device uses pulses of sound waves to provide "acoustic compression" as an alternative to manual compression techniques. It is an extremely effective leading edge technology for the reduction of pain from myofascial dysfunction and trigger points.