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What are the benefits of myofascial trigger point therapy?

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The benefits of myofascial trigger point therapy include pain relief both in the targeted area and in areas the treatment does not target, and some patients report increased energy. Relief typically occurs during the initial treatment but may only appear after several treatments, the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists reports.

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The total recovery time depends on the nature of the injury, the patient’s behavior, and relevant lifestyle and medical factors, the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists notes. Avoiding excessive exertion and reducing stress strongly contribute to recovery. Lifestyle factors that influence recovery time include physical fitness, sleeping patterns and nutritional habits. Medical factors include psychological conditions, such as depression and anxiety, skeletal abnormalities, and conditions such as diabetes and allergies.

Myofascial trigger point therapy involves treating individual trigger points and subsequently retraining muscles to allow them to regain their full range of motion, explains the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists. The trigger point pressure release therapy technique relies on applying growing pressure to a trigger point as that point relaxes from the pressure. The spray and stretch technique entails stretching out the entire muscle using a very cold spray, which induces the trigger point area to release tension. After therapy, the muscle regains its full movement potential through exercises the patient performs at home.

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