"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are highly irritable areas in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are identified by increased discomfort in the patient and an apparent 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 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 incorporates the application of pressure to these sore, tender spots in order to relieve their pain and dysfunction as well as pain in other areas of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are applied together. Theoretically, active trigger points bring about 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 thought to bring about joint stiffness and reduced ranges of motion as we age.
By incorporating 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 discomfort to become more apparent, it has the strange effect of feeling good at the same time. You will find that trigger point therapy in combination with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment goes far to move you toward pain relief.
Chiropractic Care provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Chiropractic Care for more information.