Trigger points are small, painful sites in muscles. The origin of the pain in one part of the body can trigger referred pain elsewhere. Trigger-point therapy aims to improve the circulation and mobility of the origin muscle point to assist healing and reduce pain. Manual trigger-point therapy is applied with the therapist’s fingers to mobilise the soft tissues, the muscle and connective tissues over and around the trigger point.
Myofascial tissue is the web of connective tissue that lies within parts of a muscle, between different muscles and between muscles and bone. Myofascial release is the application of stretches or pressure to myofascial tissue around a trigger point or between muscles.