"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often astonished that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are extremely sensitive areas in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are identified 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 originated by Dr. Janet Travell who treated President John F. Kennedy for his back pain, is founded on the theory that pain in one 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 applied pressure to these sore, 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 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 cause joint stiffness and decreased ranges of motion as we get older.
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 applied pressure on a trigger point might cause your pain to become more apparent, it has the strange 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.
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation for more information.