Trigger Point Therapy in Lansing

massage around spineTrigger point therapy massage is a form of bodywork that focuses on identifying and releasing trigger points, which are localized areas of muscle tightness and hypersensitivity that can cause pain and discomfort. These trigger points can develop due to various factors, such as muscle overuse, injury, poor posture, stress, or repetitive movements.

Our Licensed Massage Therapist Mikki Williams applies trigger point therapy by pushing on an area of tension with her fingers, thumb, or elbow. She will then hold pressure there for 90 seconds, allowing for the neurological reset and the healing to begin in earnest.

What to Expect During Your Appointment

During a trigger point therapy session, the massage therapist applies pressure to these specific points using various techniques, including sustained pressure, deep strokes, stretching, and compression. The pressure applied aims to deactivate the trigger points, release tension in the affected muscles, and alleviate pain and discomfort.

To understand trigger point therapy better, think of your body in a near collision. If you had to slam on the brakes to prevent a fender bender, chances are your heart rate would pick up, and your breathing pattern would change. Things would seem louder and brighter for a moment.

If you could go back in time 90 seconds, you can go all the way back to your original breathing state. Every 90 seconds, your nervous system does a sort of reset.

When Mikki holds a trigger point for 90 seconds, the nerves signal to the brain that the area needs more blood supply. She feels an almost mini eruption under her finger or thumb or elbow, depending on what she’s using to deliver the adjustment, and suddenly the pressure she’s applying will no longer be uncomfortable to you, and you likely won’t even feel it any longer.

This is the signal that the blood supply has now returned to the muscle in a sufficient amount.

Who Can Benefit From TPT?

Trigger point therapy can be effective in relieving a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, including tension headaches, neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, and fibromyalgia.

It can also help improve flexibility, range of motion, and overall muscle function.

Targeted Relief Requires Communication

This is not a laid-back massage for relaxation. Communication between the client and therapist is crucial during a trigger point therapy session to ensure that the pressure applied is within the client’s tolerance level and to effectively target specific areas of concern.

Additionally, drinking plenty of water before and after a trigger point therapy session is essential to help flush out toxins released from the muscles. You will likely feel soreness afterward, and water is key to alleviating the discomfort.

Move With Ease and Without Pain

If you are experiencing tight muscles and a reduced range of motion, trigger point therapy may be just what you need to begin moving with ease—and without discomfort—once again. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Mikki and get back to feeling good.


Trigger Point Therapy Lansing MI | (517) 336-8880