"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 characterized by heightened discomfort in the patient and an obvious hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just tender 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 established on the theory that pain in one 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 spots of sensitivity in a muscle. Trigger point therapy involves applied pressure to these painful, sensitive spots in order to alleviate 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 cause muscle pain which transfers pain and tenderness to other parts of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't hurt unless pressed, but they are presumed to bring about joint stiffness and reduced ranges of motion as we get older.
By incorporating trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist presses on these painful points to relax the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the application of pressure on a trigger point may cause your pain to become more apparent, 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 goes far to move you toward pain relief.
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Manahawkin Chiropractic Center for more information.