Trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy aims to release “myofascial trigger points”. These are localised knots in the muscular tissue that are sensitive to the touch and can cause referred pain. Around 80 to 90% of pain syndromes originate in the muscle tissue.

For example: the majority of pain in the back of the head and temples is caused by a myofascial trigger point in the shoulder muscle (trapezius), which is known to trigger pain in these areas.

Awkward posture at work, insufficient fitness levels and incorrect posture when carrying heavy loads can all lead to tension in the muscles, which can in turn cause chronic pain.

Therapeutic treatments primarily aim for a targeted reduction/deactivation of permanently tense muscle fibres and for long-term prevention of pain conditions.


  • CHF 57.00 for a 25-minute massage
  • CHF 114.00 for a 50-minute massage

Useful information about the therapy

Background information about trigger point therapy

Unlike other manual therapies, trigger point therapy is not an alternative or additional option for treating known medical conditions, but is used exclusively as a treatment for trigger points in the muscle tissue. It is mostly used alongside other therapies.

A trigger point – also known as a myofascial trigger point – is a localised tangible and tender pressure sore. The pain typically radiates out from this place. If the trigger point is irritated still further, the patient will often experience pain in another part of the body. This is known as referred pain. Nowadays, it is assumed that around 80% of chronic pain disorders are caused by trigger points.

The most frequent causes of trigger points are overstretching of a muscle, carrying too much or carrying heavy loads incorrectly, and poor posture. There are different types of trigger points:

Active trigger points
These cause pain when the patient is at rest or moving/carrying loads in a normal fashion. The pain intensifies when manual stimulus is applied.

Latent trigger points
These cause pain only when targeted stimulus is applied. When the patient is at rest or moving, they do not generally cause any pain.

The pain point is removed by localised exertion of pressure. This also leads to a localised increase in circulation, which means that any inflammation can be reduced more easily. In our practice, we use only this non-invasive, manual method for treating trigger points.

Other invasive treatment methods include dry needling. This involves inserting an acupuncture needle directly into the trigger point, eliciting a strong twitch response in the affected muscle. It is also possible to treat trigger points with local anaesthesia or botulinum toxin (Botox).

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