What is Trigger Point Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most popular types: Body Back Buddy


Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are performed together.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fibromyalgia 16 5
Pain 10 4
Muscle tension 4 1
Improve mobility 2 0
Myofascial pain syndrome 2 2

Show all 17 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 10

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Trigger Point Therapy

Side effect Patients Percentage
Pain 2
Tenderness 1


Based on patients currently going to Trigger Point Therapy

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 min monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Trigger Point Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Expense 6
Course of treatment ended 4
Did not seem to work 4
Other 4
Side effects too severe 4
Personal research 1
See all 14 patients who've stopped going to Trigger Point Therapy


Currently going to Trigger Point Therapy

Duration Patients Percentage
10 years or more 1

Stopped going to Trigger Point Therapy

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 7
Usually 5
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 5
Not specified 4
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Trigger Point Therapy

Nov 4, 2015 (Started Mar 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Daily
Advice & Tips: Major help against back/neck/head/jaw pain associated with CFS. The culprits were the breast muscles and masseter (jaw). Worked intensely on those for some weeks with (tennis ball against the wall for the breast muscles and fingers for the masseter). Once those were better I can now keep the neck/head aches mostly around my period in check by using a tennis ball in bed for the trapezius. It still aches all the time, but I am in much more control and can alleviate it effectively when turning too bad. An incredible relief!
Cost: < $25 monthly

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