Pressure Isn’t Everything

When new clients call to schedule their first appointment, the conversation of which therapist to book with usually starts with what type of pressure each therapist provides. Of course, we understand how the pressure quality can impact the client experience. But more often, we find that the emphasis on communication and education are most effective in achieving the desired results without being overly aggressive. There are some instances where aggressive work is appropriate, but again, it’s often not the best way to obtain results.

Here’s why:

When we refer to “pressure,” we’re referring to the depth of force we are placing into the tissue. Once a certain amount of pressure is exceeded, the only thing we are accomplishing is displacement of skeletal structures and bruising of soft tissues. If our goal is to manipulate the soft tissue to increase circulation or length, we need only enough pressure to reach the desired layer. Then to facilitate circulation and stretch, we apply oblique force to the muscle or fascia we are targeting.

Therapists can use positioning, stretch, and the direction of force to achieve desired results without putting unnecessary strain on themselves or the client. This technique achieves results without unpleasant inflammatory side-effects like bruising, soreness, headache, or even nausea.

Another aspect of skill versus force or pressure is understanding what soft tissues are the underlying problem to begin with. If a client comes in whose symptoms suggest that inflammation is already present or a nerve is impinged, the therapist should avoid over-manipulating soft tissue, as that could exacerbate the problem.

All of our team train regularly to keep their technique and communication skills sharp so they can deliver results-oriented work in a safe manner for all who walk through our doors. If you think you or a loved one could benefit from our services and would like more information, we are always happy to have one of our therapists give you a call.


Stay moving, stay healthy, and enjoy the activities you love pain-free with a little help from our team here at Loosen Up.

Trigger Point Work

Do you have tension in your muscles that cause you pain when you move? Then you may be dealing with a trigger point. Loosen Up Bodywork in Walnut Creek, CA is here to help you better understand what these knots are and how to prevent them. Keep reading to learn how we can help you get rid of these spots of muscle tension then contact us to set up your appointment!

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What Are Trigger Points?

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. These points, also called knots, can be sensitive to the touch. When pressure is applied to these areas, it often feels as though the muscle tension is referring pain to other parts of your body.

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What Causes Trigger Points?

Anytime overworked or injured muscle fibers become unable to relax, a  mini contraction may form that stretches the muscle band on either side of the knot, resulting in pain. A number of things can cause these trigger points to form, including:

  • Poor posture
  • Repetitive motions
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness

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How Can You Prevent Trigger Points?

If you find that you are frequently having to deal with trigger points, you may need to make key changes to your lifestyle to help prevent them. Regular stretching and exercise, better nutrition, and quality sleep can all help you avoid these painful muscle knots.

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Loosen Up Bodywork Can Help

To get rid of your trigger points, you may need to see a professional massage therapist. At Loosen Up Bodywork, we provide both deep tissue and myofascial release massages that can help loosen these knots and eliminate them completely. Schedule an appointment with us today to start feeling yourself again!

Stop letting the pain of trigger points control your life and get the professional help you need from Loosen Up Bodywork! With our wide selection of massage techniques, you can finally get the relief you need. Schedule now!