"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are very sensitive spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are characterized 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 surrounding muscle and tissues.
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 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 tenderness in a muscle. Trigger point therapy involves the application of pressure to these sore, tender areas 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 used together. Theoretically, active trigger points bring about muscle pain which transfers pain and tenderness to other parts of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't hurt unless pressed, but they are presumed to cause joint stiffness and reduced ranges of motion as we get older.
By including 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 pain to become more apparent, 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 goes far to move you toward pain relief.
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic offers trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic for more information.