Trigger point massage therapy helps with, you guessed it, trigger points. Trigger points are the bumps people refer to as “knots” that can sometimes be painful and cause disturbances in muscle function. Stiffness, pain, weakness and aching being a few of those disturbances. These are very common and are caused by a range of things including: injury to the muscle, static stress (staying in one position over a long period of time), overuse, disuse and muscle imbalance (more strength on one side than the other). Typically, everyone will experience the effects from one or multiple TPs at least once in their life. By applying pressure directly to a trigger point, the muscle will begin to soften or relax. Once this is done, strokes can be applied to the same area to lengthen the muscle. Trigger point massage pairs well with structural integration massage therapy because it improves posture as well. How does trigger point massage improve posture? By relieving or softening TPs, I am not only relieving the trigger point itself, but the surrounding muscles that have been assisting the area in movement and/or support. When this is done, surrounding muscles can go back to doing their own jobs rather than constantly straining to help the area of a trigger point, thus bringing your body back to homeostasis, relieving pain and restoring range of motion.