"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are very irritable areas in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are characterized 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 founded on the theory that pain in a certain 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 areas of sensitivity in a muscle. Trigger point therapy incorporates applied pressure to these sore, tender areas in order to alleviate their pain and dysfunction as well as pain in other parts 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 presumed to cause joint stiffness and reduced ranges of motion as we get older.
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 applied pressure on a trigger point may cause your soreness to become more apparent, it has the strange effect of feeling good at the same time. You will discover that trigger point therapy in connection with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Mandeville Chiropractic offers trigger point therapy to enhance your healing. Ask Mandeville Chiropractic for more information.