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Trigger Point Therapy or Muscle Activation Technique

Trigger Point Therapy or Muscle Activation Technique
By STEVEN MILNER IIST VTCT

Trigger Point Therapy or Muscle Activation Technique, are they the same thing?

Your muscles are vital in supporting normal body movement and exercise. If you suffer from pain or discomfort associated with decreased muscle function, treatment can improve your quality of life as well as your muscles’ ability to work better for longer. Muscle Activation Techniques and Trigger Point Therapy are two similar forms of treatment but for different muscle conditions. I would always advise talking to your GP if you are at all unsure of the nature of your condition.

Areas of Focus
Muscle Activation Techniques treat different problems than Trigger Point Therapy and making the correct choice early increases the chances of successfully eliminating your condition in the shortest possible time. Muscle Activation Technique, designed to combat muscle imbalances, can improve overall function and prolong the functional effectiveness of the muscle group involved. As a contrast, trigger point therapy, is a form of alternative medicine and is generally used to alleviate the pain associated with knots in your muscles.

Application
Muscle Activation Techniques and trigger point therapy involve stimulating the affected muscles by a professional trained in the specific treatment. During trigger point therapy, trigger points are manipulated and massaged in a systematic order to relieve the pain and discomfort that occurs with tight muscles, including those in your back and shoulders. Muscle Activation Techniques uses a similar approach, in that your various muscles are treated in a specific order. The theory is that your muscles, being connected to your nervous system, need to work in harmony to prevent reduced function in certain areas of your body. With Muscle Activation Techniques, muscle problems are not massaged away, but rather treated through specific manual therapy. By working these muscles with Muscle Activation Techniques, you allow the therapist to harmonize your entire body, improving the function of your muscles as a whole.

Likely Benefits
While Muscle Activation Techniques and trigger point therapy were designed for different conditions, the benefits are similar. Both M.A.T and T.P.T improve flexibility and range of motion as well as managing pain and discomfort. Treatments can be instrumental to achieving a full range of motion without pain in your muscles and joints. Whats great is both types of therapy can improve posture and neither makes use of medication.

But Which Way To Go
The decision to use Muscle Activation Techniques or trigger point therapy will depend on your symptoms, if you suffer from tight muscles due to long hours at the computer, headaches, back pain, strain injuries, foot pain or hip pain, trigger point therapy might be the best choice. If performance in a sport or workout you have done often for many years has fallen away, Muscle Activation Techniques might be a better choice. If your flexibility and range of motion are decreasing with age, Muscle Activation Techniques may be the way forward.

Trigger Point Therapy or Muscle Activation Technique

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