Trigger Point Therapy
What is Trigger Point Therapy?
Each day, some 25 million Americans take a pain medication. Some of these people take medication daily for chronic pain. Most people prefer to avoid the possible long-term effects of these pills. Trigger Point Therapy works to relieve chronic muscular pain without oral medications. This is a universally well received combination of clinically proven methods for the treatment of chronic muscular pain anywhere in the body. It is particularly well-suited for chronic upper and lower back, neck and head pain.
Trigger points (myofascial pain) are small “knots”, or areas of spasm, within a muscle. They may be tender when touched, or cause shortening of a muscle. The shortening may then cause limitation the range of motion of the affected area (for example, in neck rotation). Trigger points may even cause referred pain – pain that is felt in a distant location when the trigger point is touched.
The pain from these points may come and go spontaneously, or linger hours, days, even months. These little spasms within the muscle are physical knots that are responsible for the discomfort, pain, soreness, or tightness that is felt. These knots may produce a chronically sore and shortened muscle.
What Causes Trigger Points?
There are many causes: accidents, misuse, overuse, misalignments, disc and other spinal problems. The resulting inflammation, along with emotional stressors, cause muscle cells to contract. When the muscle cells contract continuously, thereby constricting their own blood supply, there is a local “energy crisis” for the cells. When this occurs, the cells do not have enough energy to stop contracting, and prolonged spasm and trigger points ensure.
How Does It Work?
Trigger Point Therapy essentially loosens these knots, allowing improved blood flow to the chronically spasmodic areas. As a result, the areas begin to heal. As soon as the knots are relieved, there is often an immediate and remarkable reduction in pain, soreness, and discomfort, as well as the beginning of long-term relief. If pursued properly over a number of sessions, the muscles will heal themselves and the symptoms will be abated. The treatment is simple, minimally invasive and quick. Improvement is usually noted after each visit.
Some Common Conditions Associated with Trigger Points
Muscular Chest Wall Pain
Low Back Pain
What myofascial pain or trigger point pain is frequently mistaken for
Chronic Joint Sprain