Headaches and Trigger Point Therapy

Headaches and Trigger Point Therapy

When you’ve got a headache and can’t find relief, the next best option may be trigger point therapy. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a type of massage that targets sensitive areas of pain in your body called “trigger points.” Trigger points are tiny knots that form in a muscle or group of muscles and cause pain when pressed. They can often lead to other ailments, like headaches and migraines. Keep reading to learn more about how trigger point therapy for common problems works.

Trigger Point Therapy for Headaches and Migraines

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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. At the same time, 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, 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 migraines are trapezius, sternocleidomastoids, suboccipital, 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 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 daily. Improperly applied TrP therapy will likely result in only partial success or failure to resolve your issue(s).

There’s no doubt 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 from chronic pain!

Chronic pain not only affects the sufferer, but it also affects their family, coworkers, and friends.

William Huhn of Trigger Point Bodyworker
NCBTMB Approved Provider

Bill has submitted several blog posts to the Exercises for Injuries blog. Here are some of them:

Bill is a Trigger Point Bodyworker and will be teaching the upcoming courses:
  • Understanding Trigger Points to Overcome Pain with William N. Huhn
  • HANDS-ON: Trigger Point for Shoulder & Migraine Issues with William N. Huhn
  • HANDS-ON: Trigger Point for Lumbar, Hips, Buttocks, and Groin Issues

Until then, take care.

Rick Kaselj, MS

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