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What is trigger point therapy?

You may have heard of trigger point therapy before as “myofascial release.” Physical therapists trained in this type of therapeutic technique use gentle, targeted, manual pressure and massage to relieve stiffness and tension with your fascia, which often contributes to pain and discomfort.

Fascial tissue is like a thin fibrous sheath covering your muscles, joints, and other structures. The fascia protects and connects these structures and helps muscles and joints move smoothly and effectively.

Normally, fascial tissue is elastic and pliable. If stress or damage to the fascia or underlying structures occurs (often due to injury, poor posture, repetitive movement, or poor nutrition/hydration), then the fascia may lose its elasticity in certain areas. This can lead to stiffness, pain, mobility restrictions, and an increased risk of further injury. It is this movement restriction and altered fascial health that trigger point therapy attempts to correct.

What are trigger points, exactly?

If you’ve ever had a “knot” in your muscle, then you have a good idea of what a trigger point is. Essentially, a trigger point is an area of excessive tension and/or spasm within a muscle and its associated connective tissues. The area is stiff, tense, painful, and often less mobile.
Interestingly, trigger point pain is often referred from a problem elsewhere in the body, such as a joint derangement or scar tissue adhesion. So, consulting with a physical therapist is critical, as these trained professionals can determine the origin of your referred pain and address both the causes and symptoms of your dysfunction.

What conditions can trigger point therapy treat?

The fascial tissue within your body is intricate and widespread. As such, adhesions and disrupted trigger points within the fascia can affect a large number of bodily systems and areas, including your muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and nerves.

For this reason, we’ve found trigger point therapy to be effective for healing a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Sciatica
  • Repetitive movement injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome and medial and lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow, respectively)
  • Whiplash
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and other mobility-related conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder

What should I expect during a trigger point therapy session?

When you arrive for your initial appointment with a physical therapist at our facility, you’ll be thoroughly examined and have your current and past medical history reviewed. Your input and our clinical evaluation skills will help us determine where exactly your pain is coming from, what underlying factors are contributing to your pain, and what kind of treatment plan will be best.

If trigger point therapy is identified as a valuable treatment tool for you, then subsequent physical therapy sessions will involve manual massage of the targeted areas. Using specific techniques, your physical therapist will mobilize your fascia and other connective soft tissues using gentle but firm pressure to reduce stiffness, pain, and discomfort. To facilitate the release of tense trigger points and prevent recurring problems, our physical therapy services may also include stretching, therapeutic exercises, and other modalities, provided on a case-by-case basis.

To prepare for your visit, we encourage you to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and supportive shoes. Be sure to drink a lot of water both before and after your sessions, and feel free to ask us any questions along the way.

Looking for physical therapy to help you move better and feel better? Our experienced team of physical therapists can help. To schedule an initial consultation or to learn more about our services, Contact Us today at Sterling Heights, MI Center.


Learn more about the services that we offer at Active Kare Physical Therapy

Active Kare Physical Therapy

43200 Dequindre Road
Suite #109
Sterling Heights, MI 48034

Mon - Fri : 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sat: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Phone: (248) 432-1618
Fax: (248) 565-3400 

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As a professional dancer, I’ve worked with quite a few physical therapists over the years, and I can honestly say that Dr. Ashesh is one of the absolute best! Dr. Ashesh created a plan that was unique to me and my physical therapy goals. It was very refreshing to see how much he listened to ensure that I wasn’t just healing to function at the level that a normal adult would need, but was healing so that I could do all physical elements required of me in the dance company that I’m in. If anything happens in the future I would 100% go back to Dr. Ashesh. For anyone in need of an amazing PT, I highly recommend him!

Laura Jakowenko

Dr. Ashesh was one of the better therapist I have seen over the years due to neck and lower back surgeries on retaining mobility. He works one on one the entire time you are there. He worked on stretching my muscles for several weeks to regain mobility and then strengthen the core muscles. He is very friendly with his clients and encourages everyone to keep working on home exercise program he assembles specifically for you. He will set a goal with you at the first session which the both of you will work towards. I find him very knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend Active Kare Physical Therapist for anyone in this area. Also recommended this place to several of my local Doctors in this area.

Dennis Marwede

This is the best place you can come for Physical Therapy. Usually at all other places, one therapist will handle multiple patients, the therapist will give you an exercise, move on to the next patient and come back to you after some time. Ashesh works alone and handles one patient during one appointment slot, so you have his undivided attention all the time. And especially now, you are isolated from other patients, so it is safe also. Ashesh is a wonderful therapist, I came last year for back pain - fully resolved, and came back this year because of a shoulder injury- I fully recommend this place for anyone considering PT. It is like having a personal physician directing the exercises

Rajeevan Kattil

Dr Ashesh is the best dr ever cared for me!! He’s hands on. Very skilled smart Dr & professional. Everyday I see improvements. He does work on not only the physical aspect of care but mental motivation & positive attitude as well. I tried different therapists but I canceled my appointments with them. He’s a hard working dr & cares about his patients. He’s soul goal is to make difference in patient’s life & see positive outcomes every time you see him. I recommend this Dr %100.

Nada Bounhiza

I went to Active Kare physical therapy today for my first appointment. The office is very spacious and very open. The doctor and his team are very friendly. Dr. Ashesh took care of me very well. He did a thorough evaluation and asked a lot of questions. He took his time and did not rush. We did a series of therapies and I felt really good after. I will continue to see Dr. Ashesh. 10 stars all around. Thank You!

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Active Kare Physical Therapy

Phone: 248-432-1618
Email: info@activekarept.com


Active Kare Physical Therapy

43200 Dequindre Road. Ste. 109

Sterling Heights, Michigan 48314

Phone: (248)432-1618

Email: info@activekarept.com

About Us

We help people suffering from aches, and pains get more active and stay active using physical therapy treatment techniques. We are on Dequindre Road, north to 19 Mile Road/Square Lake Road in Sterling Heights.

We treat Orthopedic conditions and neurological disorders. We can help you get back to your everyday life after work-related injuries or motor vehicle accidents.


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