Ischemic compression

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Ischemic compression is a therapy technique used in manual therapy, where blockage of blood in an area of the body is deliberately made, so that a resurgence of local blood flow will occur upon release.[1]

Ischemic compression is commonly applied to trigger points, in what is known as trigger point therapy, where enough sustained pressure is applied to a trigger point with a tolerable amount of pain, and as discomfort is reduced, additional pressure is gradually given.

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  1. ^ Montanez-Aguilera FJ; Valtuena-Gimeno N; Pecos-Martin D; Arnau-Masanet R; Barrios-Pitarque C; Bosch-Morell F (2010). Changes in a patient with neck pain after application of ischemic compression as a trigger point therapy. Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 23(2), 101–104. doi:10.3233/BMR-2010-0255