Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point is the brain child of CEO/Founder Cassidy Phillips. Phillips has devoted his studies to understanding more about the dynamics of muscular function and repair, especially in regards to athletic performance, muscle movement, and injury prevention. Understanding myofascial compression techniques and muscle knots and kniks has inspired the innovative principles and practices behind Trigger Point Therapy products.
The Grid, The Grid X, The Grid Mini and The Grid 2.0 foam rollers are widely accepted and used by medical doctors, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists in their traditional treatment plans. The dimensional surface of the Grid foam roller replicate the feeling of a massage therapist’s hands, allowing increased muscle relaxation, oxygen and blood flow, and deeper repair of tight muscle tissue, as well as encouraging trigger point release throughout the body. Triggerpoint products come in a variety of widths to accommodate nearly every body.
Starting in 2001 Cassidy Phillips' body began breaking down. He was dealing daily with chronic pain; just getting out of bed each day took a huge amount of effort. Phillips' desire to be an athlete, however, was still there. He researched everything he could to help his deteriorating body respond in a positive way.
Chiropractic - Phillips saw a chiropractor at least three times a week to help with the pain. This helped to manage the neurological feed coming from his spine, but it only helped for 1-2 days at the most. After every visit to the chiropractor he would spend the afternoon running or cycling. He was unaware of the negative impact dehydration and poor nutrition had on his body. What he was aware of was that his muscular structure was changing. At one time his muscles were healthy and elastic. As time went on the muscle tissue turned into hard nodular masses. The definition was lost and the movement had become restricted.
Massage - Phillips thought massage therapy was the real answer to the problem, so he went on a quest; his goal was to understand every form of massage therapy. Phillips had his body worked on at least twice a week to free up the newly found adhesions that he had in his muscles. What he was unaware of at the time was that the nerves were entrapped as well -- forcing the neurological feed to be compromised. This resulted in his muscles turning off rather than turning on.
Acupuncture - Phillips' next source of therapy was acupuncture. He found that it somewhat helped, but ultimately it did not give him the relief that he needed. Phillips continued on his quest.
Rolfing Massage - Phillips stumbled onto a holistic clinic that concentrated on various forms of therapy that he thought was going to be his savior, but it did not turn out quite that way. This was some of the most painful massage therapy that he had ever gone through; therefore, he thought it was perfect. The more pain he felt the more he saw it necessary; the only problem was he was not sure how to direct the therapist. The therapist was the professional; he should have known what he should or should not do to Phillips' body, but instead he let Phillips guide him. Phillips told him to skip the 12 steps in order to get in to the muscle deeper and faster. The result of this was Phillips' right quad swelled up three times its size, and he had blood pool all around his knee from the inside. At this time Phillips really understood that hands can be weapons that can do real damage.
Vitamins - After the misshape with the Rolfer, Phillips attempted vitamin therapy. He began using some hard core supplements; L-Orginine, L-Arginine , salinium, fish oil among others. He learned that he had burned out all of his good cholesterol, his cortisal production was all wrong and when he was sleeping his body was saying go, and when he was awake his body was saying no.
Over the course of two months, Phillips made his body toxic because of his obsession with the vitamins and the additional Vitamin C IV's and Glutithimine injections he was taking. This forced him to take a huge step back and identify what was going on with his body. That is when he was introduced to Procaine.
Procaine - Procaine is a mild sedative that can be injected into the body. The holistic clinic decided to address the fibrous nature of Phillips' muscle tissue and the trigger points that had set into his body. In an attempt to get his body to respond over the course of several months he was injected more than 300 times all over his body. Occasionally the tissue was so dense and fibrous that upon injection the needle would bend.
Phillips then explored the option that he might have Multiple Sclerosis; this was one of the darkest times of his life. Was he destined to lose every aspect of being an athlete and find himself trapped in a wheelchair? How would he relieve his tension and stress without running, swimming or cycling? An active lifestyle defined his inner and outer being.
Through extensive research Phillips found that he did not have MS. He had Fibromyalgia, a muscular dysfunction that takes over the muscle tissue. At the time he felt relief; anything was better than MS. Phillips was then forced to recognize what types of therapy were working and which ones were making him worse. Through this process he had a revelation.
Phillips knew he couldn't rely on others. He had to start relying on himself to get through this difficult time. Phillips was not willing to take all the medication the doctors prescribed him both for mental anguish and the muscular discomfort he was under.
Phillips knew that massage therapy was the only thing that his body had really responded to, so he went back to it as his main source of therapy. He started studying Trigger Point Therapy and referral patterns by Travell and Simon. He did intense research on the treatment of myofascial trigger points via inhibitory pressure (Nimmo), muscle energy methods (Lewit), strain/counterstrain approaches (Jones), and Active Release Techniques (Leahy).
This is when Phillips started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. He started to put all these findings into a hands-on approach. He married his biomechanical background to his newly found understanding of muscle tissue fiber and structure. This is when he started Trigger Point Performance Therapy.