What are tensions and trigger points?
- What is tension?
- What are the most common causes of this?
- What's a trigger point?
- What are the most common causes of their emergence?
What is tension?
Tense is a single muscle strand or part that is shortened or hardened. As a result, blood flow to muscle tissue is reduced and muscle cells are insufficiently supplied. This results in tension, which can cause such severe pain that it can lead to reduced or incorrect posture and pain.
What are the most common causes of this?
- One-sided load
- Too little movement
- Gritting teeth
Tension is often caused by the fact that the body is loaded on one side only. For example, due to long working hours in front of the computer, always sitting in almost the same position staring at the screen. If this one-sided strain is also combined with generally little movement, muscle tissue is rapidly broken down and the dreaded tensions occur. Tightened muscles tend to tense even at low stress. It is therefore important to avoid tension through regular pauses in movement and to balance one-sided strain through sport. It is important to challenge all muscle groups equally. Other triggers are stress and anxiety. Since muscle tone is regulated by the brain and muscle marrow, and anxiety and stress have the same effects on brain metabolism as pain and tension, muscle tone is increased, resulting in tension. Grinding, which serves to unconsciously reduce stress, can also lead to tension in the head, neck, shoulder area and even through internal connections, throughout the entire body. This often causes headache, jawache, toothache and earache, as well as migraine and nerve pain.
What's a trigger point?
Trigger points are small knots in the muscles. When a muscle tenses, it strengthens into the fiber plane. Normally, a muscle also loosens completely again. However, if the muscle cramps instead, the smallest muscle fiber areas, the so-called sarcomeres, remain hard. This creates a trigger point. This micro-tension, not only has a local effect, but mostly the pain even shows up in distant areas of the body. For example, pain may be caused by a trigger point of the flexor.
What are the most common causes of their emergence?
- Same movement
Trigger points occur primarily when the muscles are acutely or chronically overloaded. This can happen because one repeatedly performs the same movements at work or privately. For example, in professions in which you have to sit or stand all day long. Practically not moving or only moving a little has an extremely adverse effect, because the nervous system and muscles need regular exercise to stay healthy. A further cause for the development of trigger points is the acute overloading of the body. For example, the unaccustomed strain during a move, where one gets married or slips and muscles tense up as a result. Such cramping prevents the muscles from being sufficiently supplied with oxygen and nutrients, resulting in further tension down to the deepest layers of tissue and painful muscle knots. By adopting a gentle posture, muscle groups that were not previously subjected to such intense strain must suddenly take over most of the work and are thus overloaded. Typical is a very locally controllable tension, often activated by touch or certain movements, which radiates into the surrounding tissue. The undersupply of nutrients and the poorer removal of metabolic waste products causes increasing pain. The aim is to interrupt this circulation with trigger point therapy and restore the pain-free mobility of all muscle groups. In this way, a gentle posture can be given up again and the cells and tissues are supplied with nutrients and oxygen again.
Under "Treatments" you will find further information about Triggerpoint therapy.
Duration, costs and booking
A treatment lasts between 30 and 90 minutes. It is common for this form of therapy to be mixed with other techniques in order to relax the body in a holistic way.
Prices vary depending on the duration of the massage:
90 min / CHF 195.-
75 min / CHF 162.-
60 min / CHF 135.-
45 min / CHF 110.-
30 min / CHF 85.-
You can also book the treatment online directly here on the website.