"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are highly irritable spots in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are characterized by heightened soreness 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 originated 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 tenderness in a muscle. Trigger point therapy involves the application of pressure to these painful, tender areas 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 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 cause 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 applied pressure on a trigger point might cause your soreness to become more noticeable, 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.
Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology offers trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology for more information.