"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are very sensitive spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are differentiated by increased discomfort in the patient and an apparent 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 originated by Dr. Janet Travell who treated President John F. Kennedy for his back pain, is based on the theory that pain in one part of the body can actually 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 tenderness in a muscle. Trigger point therapy incorporates the application of pressure to these painful, 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 cause muscle pain which transfers pain and tenderness to other parts 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 age.
By including 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 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 goes far to move you toward pain relief.
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation for more information.