"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often astonished that we can find, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are extremely sensitive spots in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are characterized by increased discomfort in the patient and a noticeable 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 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 based on the theory that pain in a certain part of the body can in fact 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 incorporates applied pressure to these sore, tender spots 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 passes pain and tenderness to other areas of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't hurt unless pressed, but they are believed to bring about 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 application of pressure on a trigger point may cause your pain to become more apparent, it has the strange 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.
Malverne Health & Wellness provides trigger point therapy to enhance your healing. Ask Malverne Health & Wellness for more information.