Pressure points, also referred to as trigger points, can give rise to a number of common conditions such as chronic pain, low back pain, trigger finger, frozen shoulder, sciatica and plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the fibrous tissue along the bottom of the foot.
When muscles are injured or stressed, this can bring about the formation of trigger or pressure points. These can be recognised as a sharp, intense spasms, or even as a dull generalised ache. Trigger points can also restrict blood flow or obstruct nerve signals and may also cause a shortening of the muscle fibers. Trigger points can be really uncomfortable and even painful.
Although these spots or knots in your muscles may be sensitive and sore when pressure is applied, sometimes producing pain in a different part of your body, a trigger point massage can help by gently working out those knots, providing relief from the pain.
Trigger point or pressure point massage involves the application of accurate pressure to these points. Sometimes this can be uncomfortable at first. However, your therapist will talk to and advise you on what to expect.
It is always best to consult a professional therapist who can establish the treatment which is most beneficial for your condition.