He talks about trigger point therapy for headaches and migraines.
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Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches and Migraines
I have found it encouraging that about 95% of my clients who come to me for headaches or migraine issues, get relief after 2 or 3 sessions.
Many have total and permanent cessation of their migraines or headaches… while others gain improvement, but may have to have occasional TrP treatments when the involved muscles flair-up causing the issue(s) to return. These flair-ups usually occur during times of physical/emotional stress.
When medical professionals cannot find the source of your headaches or migraines, then it is about 95% sure that TrPs are causing the issue. Therefore, if the TrPs are removed, the pain should cease!
Most Common Trigger Points that Lead to Headaches and Migraines
The most common TrPs that produce migraine are found in the trapezius, sternocleidomastoids, suboccipitals and temporalis muscles.
Females and Headaches and Migraines
This also applies to women whose migraines are “caused” by hormonal changes (i.e. at ovulation and/or on or about the first day of menstruation). I have found that these women have “latent” TrPs in the migraine causing muscles. Latent TrPs do NOT produce symptoms, but will only cause the muscles to be weak and fatigue easily. When the hormones change during the cycle, (at ovulation or just before the period) they appear to cause the “latent” TrPs to become “active”. And “active” TrPs produce symptoms… and in this case the symptoms are headache or migraine.
Keys to Eliminating Headaches and Migraines
To have successful results from Trigger Point Therapy, you must find a therapist or bodyworker who has extensive knowledge in this field and implements it on a daily basis. Improperly applied TrP therapy will very likely result in only partial success or failure to resolve your issue(s).
– There’s no doubt in my mind, that just one good Trigger Point Therapist/Bodyworker can save the medical system (unnecessary prescriptions, procedures, tests, or surgeries), employers (loss of productivity) and insurance companies, hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. But most importantly, help those who are suffering with chronic pain!
Chronic pain not only affects the sufferer, it also affects their family, coworkers, and friends.
Bill has submitted a number of blog posts to the Exercises for Injuries blog. Here are some of them:
Until then, take care.
Rick Kaselj, MS