"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are frequently amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are extremely irritable areas in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are differentiated by heightened pain in the patient and an apparent 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 type 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 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 sensitivity in a muscle. Trigger point therapy incorporates applied pressure to these sore, sensitive 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 applied together. Theoretically, active trigger points cause muscle pain which transfers 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 bring about joint stiffness and reduced ranges of motion as we get older.
By including trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist presses on these painful points to ease the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the application of pressure on a trigger point might cause your pain to become more noticeable, 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 does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Watertown Wellness Center provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Watertown Wellness Center for more information.