"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are extremely sensitive spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are characterized by increased pain in the patient and an obvious hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just sensitive nodules, but they affect the muscle and tissues in the surrounding area.
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 established on the theory that pain in a certain part of the body can in fact be caused by an injury or dysfunction somewhere else. chiropractic treatment of the spinal nerve injuries and dysfunctions is complementary.
Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. Trigger point therapy incorporates the application of pressure to these painful, sensitive spots in order to relieve 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 areas of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't have pain unless pressed, but they are believed to bring about joint stiffness and decreased ranges of motion as we age.
By incorporating trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist presses on these painful points to ease the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the applied 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 combination with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Shu Chiropractic offers trigger point therapy to enhance your healing. Ask Shu Chiropractic for more information.