Does Trigger Point Massage Release Toxins?


How Trigger Point Massage Can Help Detox Your Body IN 9 WAYS

Trigger point massage therapy has gained popularity in recent years as doctors and researchers have learned more about the way it can help with health issues like chronic pain, stress and soreness. In addition to these benefits, however, many people also believe that trigger point massage releases toxins from your body, which has led to the practice of so-called detox massages. Although it’s unclear whether or not this claim is true, here are nine ways that trigger point massage may actually be able to help detox your body of harmful substances.

Does Trigger Point Massage Release Toxins?
Yes, it does! Ever since ancient times, it has been believed that a single touch of an expert’s hands could cure an ailment or relieve stress. It is popularly referred to as one of many forms of alternative medicine. Unlike traditional massages, trigger point massage does not involve large parts of your body; instead, a therapist concentrates on a single area called trigger points. These points occur in muscles and connective tissues in your body and are commonly found in areas such as shoulders, lower back and neck. The main function of these trigger points is to cause pain when pressed, which leads them to be nicknamed pain points as well.

1) Stimulate lymphatic drainage
Lymphatic massage is a powerful lymph drainage technique, ideal for releasing built-up toxins and waste from your cells. Lymph nodes line your body’s lymphatic vessels, which help to move fluids away from tissues, eliminating any excess fluid or waste from your cells. If these vessels get blocked or inflamed, waste accumulates in them and they can swell—this is known as edema. Lymphatic massage aims to reduce excess fluid build-up by stimulating your lymph nodes to drain away excess fluid. By getting rid of these fluids that have accumulated in our tissues, we’ll also be removing any built-up toxins within them too.

2) Release waste from muscles
It is estimated that 70 percent of Americans are walking around with a slight to severe case of constipation. It’s a huge problem because not only can it make you uncomfortable, but it can cause bloating, gas and stomach pain and discomfort as well. To help relieve yourself of these symptoms, visit your massage therapist every few weeks. If you suffer from chronic constipation, see how often trigger point massage is recommended for relief or prevention on a regular basis (two times per week or so). Remember to take care of your body by staying hydrated too!

3) Increase blood flow
During a trigger point massage, there is an increase in blood flow to specific muscles. This helps move waste products out of muscle tissue, thereby aiding in detoxification. Also, when you reduce muscle tension and inflammation through trigger point massage, waste products can move more freely to be filtered by your liver and kidneys. This boosts your overall metabolism and helps you shed fat stores quicker. In addition to speeding up your metabolic rate (which also raises fat-burning), increasing blood flow helps flush out other toxins as well. Consider detoxifying supplements such as chlorella or cilantro if you’re looking for an additional boost during detoxification efforts.

4) Break down scar tissue
Just like a physical wound or bruise, your muscles can become damaged. When that happens, scar tissue can form and interrupt muscle activity. A massaging technique called friction massage helps break down scar tissue by gently rubbing it away—just as you might rub out a kink in your neck. If you really want to help cleanse your body of toxins, try adding trigger point therapy to your regular massage routine. It’s an advanced massage technique that loosens tight muscles and removes layers of scar tissue build-up with slow strokes and targeted pressure points.

5) Reduce inflammation
We all know that feeling of tightness and pain in certain muscle groups, whether from too much exercise or just plain sitting for long periods. These are usually due to trigger points—tiny knots of contracted muscle tissue—that build up as a result of wear and tear on muscles. The exact mechanism is still unknown, but it’s widely accepted that trigger points can lead to inflammation. And while they’re often associated with muscles and tendons, trigger points can also develop in your ligaments, tendons, fascia (the layer of connective tissue surrounding your muscles), cartilage, bones and even your nerves.

6) Reduce nerve irritation
The muscles, ligaments and tendons found throughout your body act as protective sheaths for important nerves. When there is excess tension or scar tissue present in these soft tissues, it can put pressure on and irritate nearby nerves. This type of compression not only causes pain, but can also lead to muscular dysfunction. If you’re looking for ways to reduce nerve irritation through massage, trigger point therapy can be a great place to start!

7) Relieve pain/muscle tension
As you’ve probably noticed, pain tends to be a big reason why people visit a massage therapist. If you work out, do manual labor, or are just active in general, you’re bound to experience some soreness and muscle tension over time. It is recommended that everyone have 1-2 massages per month to help relieve these symptoms, release toxins from your body and improve sleep quality as well. Not only does it feel great but also can greatly benefit your overall health!

8) Improve flexibility/mobility
One of the most overlooked benefits of regular massage is that it promotes increased range of motion in your joints and muscles. This can help reduce your risk for muscle strains, lower back pain, arthritis and even improve overall posture. While working with a professional masseuse or bodyworker will always get you better results than doing it yourself, there are certain techniques they teach you to use at home as well (see #3 below). Taking care of your body isn’t just about doing stretches on a mat—you can also massage yourself! If anything feels tight or painful, make sure to see a professional about it; otherwise, give trigger point therapy a try for some quick relief at home.

9) Suppress anxiety/relax nervous system
Contrary to what you might think, massage does not trigger a relax and release response in your body. The purpose of massage is actually to stimulate your nervous system, as in wake it up. This might sound counterintuitive, but when your body experiences deep, kneading strokes or pressure point work, it interprets those sensations as things that need to be addressed—like an energy crisis in one area of your body. After all, if something isn’t immediately dangerous (i.e., life-threatening), our bodies often decide that it’s a problem worth solving on their own—with massage! In fact, not only does massage stimulate your nervous system and activate healing responses throughout your entire body; sometimes it can have an anti-anxiety effect too.

Final Word
While trigger point massage might be more popular in spas and salons, you can (and should) do it at home, too. If your body is riddled with tension, tightness and pain, apply some of these pressure points to experience relief. Just make sure to approach self-massage gently—after all, your muscles are pretty sore! Let your therapist guide you through a few sessions before taking matters into your own hands. You’ll soon start feeling like a human pincushion—but also lighter and more flexible than ever before. Take that detox!

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Lynn

Lynn has been writing at our blog for over two years. She currently writes about topics such as sleep, massage therapy, and cooking. Recently, she has teamed up with other bloggers to write about their life stories. Lynn is also a certified massage therapist who loves to express herself through cooking recipes she finds on Pinterest or food blogs. Lynn's blog is an outlet where she can share her passions with others while encouraging them to live the best version of themselves.

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