While the painful area is being treated, the real issue is somewhere which has not been identified. Acupressure and Trigger Point Therapy are similar forms of treatment which can also be used to determine the origins of pain.
They are closely related to acupuncture, an ancient Asian alternative to Western methods and a highly-regarded form of treatment for illness and injury, physical or emotional. Like acupuncturists, acupressurists and trigger point therapists locate pain starting with special points in the body known as trigger points.
Back Pain and Trigger Points
In particular, inflammation in one part of a person’s back will often travel. It goes up the spine into other regions of the back, into the neck, and causes headaches which could become jaw pain.
They travel around to the lower abdomen and into the legs. Stress caused by pain leads to grinding teeth, clenching one’s jaw, digestive problems, irritability, and more. As these many symptoms emerge without treatment to the correct area, one’s quality of life diminishes.
Trigger points relating to back muscles are found on the back of one’s hand. Charts show these as near the wrist although specific points are associated with even more precise areas to target cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions.
Once a specific area has been located, an alternative therapist can recommend further treatment using acupressure, massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractics, or consulting one’s doctor.
How to Fight Pain and Fatigue
As a therapist presses points on a client’s hands, she feels a sensation somewhere else. Noting this place and what the client feels (some pain, no pain, terrible pain), identifying the source of discomfort elsewhere is simple. Determining what caused the problem requires more work.
After pursuing trigger point or acupressure therapy, a person’s circulatory system opens up. Energy is able to flow more freely and evenly.
These two results allow the body to carry oxygen more effectively to problematic areas and to the body at large, promoting self-healing. Another form of treatment will usually be helpful to release trapped nerves or stretch muscles.
Using trigger points, an acupressurist or trigger point therapist determines what sort of pain he is looking at, where it is, and what should be done about it. A highly trained and ethical practitioner will recommend that a client see her doctor if the issue is outside of his purview. He might suspect a tumor, a chronic illness needing medication, or a mental problem requiring psychiatry or counseling.
Amazingly, all parts of the body are connected via these points to the hand, including back muscles. All aspects of life will contribute to pain or dysfunction in the back which, in turn, contribute to loss of productivity, energy, and verve for life.
Pressure points enable skilled individuals to do more than pinpoint the location of pain: they give clues as to why a person is suffering; to what caused stiffness. Taking a holistic approach, issues are addressed one-by-one. Trigger points form a starting block.
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