"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are extremely irritable spots in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are differentiated by increased soreness in the patient and an obvious hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just tender nodules, but they affect the muscle and tissues in the surrounding area.
A form of soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, first formulated 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 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 involves applied pressure to these sore, sensitive areas 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 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 bring about 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 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 discover that trigger point therapy in combination with your Chiropractic Cox Technic treatment goes far to move you toward pain relief.
Palmer Chiropractic Center offers trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Palmer Chiropractic Center for more information.