"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are frequently amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are highly sensitive spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are identified by heightened discomfort in the patient and an apparent hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just tender nodules, but they affect the muscle and tissues in the surrounding area.
A type of soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, first coined by Dr. Janet Travell who treated President John F. Kennedy for his back pain, is based on the theory that pain in a certain part of the body can actually be caused by an injury or dysfunction somewhere else. chiropractic treatment of the spinal nerve injuries and dysfunctions is complementary.
Trigger points are spots of tenderness in a muscle. Trigger point therapy involves the application of pressure to these painful, sensitive areas in order to alleviate their pain and dysfunction as well as pain in other parts of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are used together. Theoretically, active trigger points cause muscle pain which passes pain and tenderness to other parts of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't have pain unless pressed, but they are thought to cause joint stiffness and decreased ranges of motion as we get older.
By including trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist presses on these painful points to ease the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the application of pressure on a trigger point may cause your pain to become more noticeable, it has the odd effect of feeling good at the same time. You will find that trigger point therapy in connection with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Minster Chiropractic Center provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Minster Chiropractic Center for more information.