Trigger Points are the focal areas where energy can
become obstructed, creating neuromuscular problems and pain. Janet
Truvell, M.D. discovered the neuromuscular trigger points in the 1950’s
and 60’s through muscle origin and insertion. According to Dr.
Truvell, President John F. Kennedy’s physician, most of these
trigger points are the same points as acupressure and acupuncture
Acupressure Therapy can
enhance trigger point therapy for relieving referred and muscular
pain. The comprehensive principles of traditional Chinese medicine
(TCM) and the ancient healing techniques of acupressure and acupuncture
for relieving pain are based on energy pathways called meridians.
An acupressure point in one part of the body can send a healing
message to other body parts through meridian pathways. Just as blood
vessels nourish the body physically, meridians circulate healing
energy to all systems of the body. Applying pressure on acupressure
points, triggers the flow of energy through the meridian pathway,
and benefits the area at a distance from the point’s location.
Integrating Acupressure Therapy with Trigger Points relieves pain,
trauma, hundreds of common complaints, and can be used to maintain
good health. By relaxing the body and relieving stress, acupressure
and trigger points strengthen resistance to disease and promote
Tension concentrates around the trigger and acupressure
points. When a muscle is chronically tense or in spasm, the muscle
fibers contract. As an acupressure point is held, the muscle tension
yields to the finger pressure, enabling the fibers to elongate,
blood to flow freely, and toxins to be released and eliminated.
Increased circulation also brings more oxygen and other nutrients
to affected areas. When the blood and bioelectrical energy circulate
properly, the body has a greater sense of well-being.
Chinese Massage (called Tuina or Tui Na) and acupressure techniques
effectively stimulate trigger points. Varying rhythms, pressures,
and massage techniques create different styles of acupressure, just
as different forms of music use the same notes but combine them
in distinctive ways. Pressing with an intermittent, fast beat is
stimulating; a slower, gradual pressure held longer, creates a deeply
relaxing effect on the body.