Some science behind the scenes

Trigger points and energy

There are a number of possible types of stimulation and thus energy that can be applied to the trigger points.

  • Mechanical’ – so exercises that involve physically manipulating the body 
  • Sound’ – this is actually a mechanical form of stimulation as sound waves are mechanically transmitted and work mechanically on the ear drum or the organs of the body as a whole
  • Chemical’ – so either via the body’s natural chemicals or via ingested [or injected] chemicals
  • Electrical’ -  so either via the body’s own nervous system electrical impulses or via an applied electrical impulse
  • Magnetic’ – magnetic fields
  • Thermal’ – which again is more correctly thought of as a form of mechanical stimulation or might result from the application of electromagnetic energy in the infrared range
  • Light’ and electromagnetic energy – thus the combination of electrical and magnetic

All these are forms of energy, and we know from physics that energy is interchangeable that chemical energy can be converted to mechanical energy, heat to mechanical, mechanical to electrical, electrical to sound and so on.  So what we are dealing with in reality is applied energy to the body.

[The law of conservation of energy states that the total amount of energy in an isolated system remains constant over time. The total energy is said to be conserved over time. For an isolated system, means that energy can change form within the system, for instance chemical energy can become kinetic energy, but that energy can be neither created nor destroyed].

The body is essentially designed to be an electrical and chemical stimulation system.  In other words it works via chemical and electrical processes.  All forms of stimulation work via the body’s physical nervous system , the chemical functions of receptors and neurotransmitters and via hormones produced from the endocrine system.