"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are very irritable areas in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are differentiated by heightened pain in the patient and a noticeable hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just sensitive nodules, but they affect the surrounding muscle and tissues.
A form of soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, first coined by Dr. Janet Travell who treated President John F. Kennedy for his back pain, is founded on the theory that pain in a certain part of the body can actually be brought about by an injury or dysfunction somewhere else. chiropractic treatment of the spinal nerve injuries and dysfunctions is complementary.
Trigger points are spots of sensitivity in a muscle. Trigger point therapy involves applied pressure to these sore, sensitive spots 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 applied 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 age.
By including trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist puts pressure on these painful points to ease the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the application of pressure on a trigger point might cause your pain to become more noticeable, it has the strange effect of feeling good at the same time. You will discover that trigger point therapy in connection with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Spinal Care Clinic offers trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Spinal Care Clinic for more information.