Trigger Point Release therapy is an approach for working with deep and often unconsciously-held pain and tension patterns in the body. Trigger points are areas of muscle fiber that have contracted into a knot and are unable to release. In effect, the muscle fibers are stuck in “on” mode and don’t know how to “switch off.” Trigger points are contraction knots and are different from knots created by scar tissue, adhesion or fibrotic and shortened fascia. Any type of physical, emotional or chemical stress (eg., medications) may predispose, cause and then perpetuate the formation of trigger points. These points can often involve symptoms like referred pain, which is experienced at a distance from the point itself. Other symptoms may include tenderness, numbness, tingling, burning, aching and fatigue. To deactivate a point, a therapist can apply sustained pressure to the contracted area until the muscle responds by softening. Benefits include relief from chronic pain, increased flexibility, improved circulation, an increased range of motion and reduced stiffness and muscle tension.