Clinical Trigger Point Therapy
Clinical Trigger Point Therapy is a systematic, comprehensive approach to relieving physical pain. The system builds on the research of Drs. Janet Travell M.D. and David Simons M.D. and was developed by Dr. Laura Perry DC in 2001. Dr Perry's design of effective treatment protocols to address the trigger points most typically involved with common pain disorders is the foundation on which the Longshore Massage practice is built. Dallas began working with Dr. Perry in 2007, completing the Institute of Trigger Point Therapy 60 hour Clinical Trigger Point Therapist certification program, and he continues to consult and study under her guidance today.
A trigger point is a malfunction of a small area of muscle fibers which undergo a strong sustained contraction at the junction of said fibers and their innervating nerve. It is this malfunction at the nerve junction that produces tension and pain, either locally or referred, to other areas of the body. The location of trigger points and their associated referral areas are consistent from person to person. For example, trigger points in the shoulders often send pain and tension throughout the shoulders and up into the lower neck. Likewise, trigger points in your buttocks can refer pain down the leg just as in sciatica. With this in mind, the trigger point therapist will apply pressure to specific trigger points, in a particular order to properly affect a change in the contracted muscle fibers, thereby relieving the associated pain and/or tension.
Therapeutic Combination Massage
The Therapeutic Combination Massage developed by Dallas Longshore--a massage combining Clinical Trigger Point Therapy protocols with a more traditional day spa-like massage--is tailored to the client's preference for massage modality. Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of Clinical Trigger Point Therapy with your preferred style of massage: Swedish, Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage or Hot Stone Massage.