Trigger Point Therapy- Pain Relief – Self- help   Robert Labensart, CMT, CHT, RYT         offices in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and Corte Madera, California


*Trigger Point therapy, which was developed by Dr. Travell and Dr Nemo, can effectively dissolve the intensity of acute and chronic pain in a series of sessions.

Procedure:  Carefully press with your elbow, fingers or thumb on and around the area of discomfort or pain.

1)   Hold the pressure for 5-7 seconds (for the areas from the shoulders to feet). Maintain the pressure for 2-3 seconds when you press on the areas from your shoulders to the top of your head.

2)   Notice if you feel the pain lightens within 5-7 seconds or if it increases in intensity and doesn’t let up. Dr Travell indicated that when you press you create a relative vacuum, which releases pressure in the trigger point. When you release the pressure, oxygen and nutrition rush into the vacuum to help ease the pain. If the pain increases more, do not do this technique because it will increase the pain. I usually then use Shiatsu, Japanese acupressure to dissolve the pain and the inflammation. Listen to your body’s response.

3)   Stop applying pressure for several seconds

4)   Apply again the same pressure again for 5-7 seconds (shoulders to feet) and notice again the intensity of the pain dissolving even more.

5)   The first time you do this technique, you may want to apply it above and below the area of pain before applying it where it hurts the most. Also you may it is recommended to only press once each painful point the first time.

6)   Twenty percent of people will have increased discomfort the next day after a Trigger Point Therapy session. This technique increases the circulation to assist toxins in leaving the body.  Usually this will go away after 1-2 sessions.

7)   Drink lots of  “good” water, taking vitamin C or 1/8 cup of cherry juice (no added sugar, a natural anti-inflammatory remedy) can help prevent this.

8)   Never apply Trigger Point Therapy to sensitive areas of the body (eyes, ears, reproductive organs, etc)  Use your common sense and listen to your body and its feedback.

9)    Depending on many factors (age, severity of the injury, if surgery is involved, your health and fitness condition) it may many sessions to eliminate the pain.

10)                  Please consult a medical doctor, chiropractor or massage therapist if the pain persists or increases.

11)                  It’s very helpful to have one to two sessions with me or another massage therapist familiar with this approach to experience how effective this therapy is and how to do it effectively on your body. If you want to avail yourself of my expertise and experience, we can also have skype video online sessions in Trigger Point therapy and other very effective pain relieving techniques. Check out rates page. I also teach spouses or significant others how to do this.

12)                  Stress, poor diet, excess computer work and poor posture can cause blockage or inflammation in these trigger or acu- points which can lead to physical tightness, heaviness or pain.

13)               ”   Benefits may include: dissolving acute and chronic back pain, neck, pain, shoulder pain, sciatica pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, and sport’s injuries.

Disclaimer: None of these therapeutic approaches treat, prevent or cure any health condition nor substitute for the need of professional medical intervention. Testimonies are anectodal only and do not represent what you may experience. Results vary. Check with your medical provider first before using these approaches.