How Treatment Works
What to Expect
We treat everyone (young/elderly, athletic/ or not-so-athletic, women/men), who suffers with chronic pain or other symptoms related to TrPs.
The treatment is not like a ‘typical’ massage (because it’s not really a massage at all). There will be some discomfort when we compress your trigger points (sorry). We will be communicating as we work on the involved muscles. And throughout the treatment we’ll tell you the names of all the muscles that are problematic, and explain their function (or info about any other muscle you would like to know about). This offers you valuable information about how your musculoskeletal body works and can be a powerful psychological tool for your healing process.
We’ll start with a detailed interview/history; establish your chief complaint, secondary complaints (if any), length of time that you have had the symptoms, activity levels, medical issues, allergies and other pertinent information.
You may have some pain at the areas that have been treated after the first visit. Or perhaps notice that you now have a new or different type of pain. This is not unusual, especially if you’ve had a long history of symptoms. It usually only lasts about a day or two and then things settle down.
There is a possibility of some bruising after the first session. This is not too common, but it can happen. Usually if bruising occurs it will be at the buttocks or thigh area, but it can occur elsewhere on the body.
You may feel drowsy or tired after a treatment (common after-effect). Or you may feel energized for the rest of the day. We have clients who say that they ‘sleep like a baby’ through the night after they’ve had a trigger point treatment (a pleasant possible side-effect).
You will need to drink plenty of water after your Trigger Point Therapy session. This helps flush the toxins that have been released during the treatment (your kidneys will thank you).
Moist heat is the preferred ‘thermal’ method for the treated areas. If you cannot apply moist heat then a ‘beanbag’ or hot water bottle will suffice. A warm/hot bath (try some Epsom salts) is an excellent post-treatment soother for the involved muscles. It’s also a great way to de-stress at the end of the day!
Do not ice trigger points (or the muscles that have trigger points) unless we specifically tell you to do so! Icing these muscles will only serve to make things worse by causing the muscle tissue to contract and consequently the trigger points re-forming.
Keep in mind that any type of chilling to the skin (e.g. cool air or swimming) can serve to allow trigger points to re-establish in the muscle we are treating.
For those who want homework, we will advise you regarding what you can do at home to expedite and encourage healing to the involved muscles.
This website and it’s contents is for information purposes only. The contents and opinions expressed are not intended, nor should be interpreted as medical advice. We recommend consulting your primary health care provider before beginning any type of bodywork program or implementing self-treatment techniques.
William Huhn or William Huhn Method™ is not a Trigger Point Therapy school, nor an accredited institute, and makes no claim regarding such status. William Huhn or William Huhn Method™ assumes no responsibility for any person who uses/employs Trigger Point techniques either as a William Huhn Method™ Bodyworker or as a prospective WHM™ Bodyworker.
Many physical therapies are effective, and William Huhn Method™ and “Client Testimonials” on this website, does not endeavour to marginalize any other form of therapy or bodywork.