Trigger Points are highly sensitive focal points of muscle tissue that can be felt as a knot or nodule within taut bands of muscle fibre and result from hypertonic (tight) muscles. The trigger point is characterized by a referral pattern (it 'triggers pain') to other parts of the body. With Trigger Point Therapy, as the fibres relax, there will be an immediate relief from the pain and visible release in the area of concern.
Myofascial Release Therapy is a form of bodywork which includes, but is not limited to, structural assessments and manual massage techniques for stretching the fascia* and releasing binding between fascia, skin, muscles and bones. The goal of Myofascial Release Therapy is to release fascia restriction and restore its tissue health. * Fascia is a thin sheath of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating or binding together muscles, organs and other soft structures of the body.
Manual Ligament Therapy is a revolutionary osteopathic massage technique that was developed by Arik Gohl after years of working on people with chronic muscle tension. MLT, as it is commonly known, is based on the work of Dr. Hugh Logan, and the research of Dr. M. Solomonov, PhD. Lola Michelin, founder and Director of Education at Northwest School of Animal Massage, adapted MLT from its original form on humans to be used safely and effectively on dogs and horses, and NWSAM is the exclusive provider of training in Manual Ligament Therapy for Animals™ for both canine and equine. His brand new therapy uses the sensory qualities of ligaments to relieve hypertonic (tight) muscles and re-balance joint space, and is the only known technique that recognizes this fact - other therapies address only the muscles and tendons. With this advantage, MLT for Animals™ is able to resolve both simple and difficult injuries quickly, with little or no discomfort to the recipient.
Stress Points are areas of localized trauma that occur within the musculotendinous junction at the origin attachment of a muscle. Stress Point Therapy untangles the involved tissue fibres and restores them to their normal position and tension, thus relieving the pain.