Learn deep-tissue release techniques that you can perform on your own body to alleviate pain and tension. Improve the way you look, feel and function as we address the Top 10 areas of the body where adults often experience trigger points.
WHAT IS A TRIGGER POINT?
Similar to a ‘knot’ in a muscle, trigger points feel like a tender lump or series of lumps within a muscle. When you press on one, you’re likely to feel pain, tingling or numbness in other locations, either near or far, on your body. This ‘referred pain’ is the hallmark of a trigger point — if you don’t have it, I’d call that sensitive spot a knot or adhesion.
Anatomy Factoid: trigger points pop up in predictable places — there are more than 600 mapped-out trigger points on the human body — and they cause predictable patterns of referred pain.
Trigger points can be triggered (I just couldn’t resist…) by many common stressors in modern life:
- sedentary lifestyle
- unbalanced body mechanics in sports
- infrequent exercise
- poor diet
- lack of sleep
- poor ergonomics at work
- long car, plane, train rides
Some chronic disease sufferers — like folks who live with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, myofascial syndrome, Lyme’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis — are more likely encounter Trigger Points. Theses diseases include a connective tissue/muscle fiber component that makes them quite difficult to live with.
WHAT MAKES PFB DIFFERENT?
Pain Free Body sessions and workshops are very different than physical therapy, chiropractic or massage therapy sessions — you’ll perform all of the techniques on your own body, giving you complete control over the intensity of each technique. If you’ve had trigger point work done on you before, these techniques will feel different.
The hallmark of PFB: you’ll learn to translate the communication that your body sends you (aka: pain sensations,) so that you know what level of compression is appropriate. Trigger point work does involve some pain, but in my opinion, it shouldn’t be excruciating.