"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are frequently amazed that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are highly irritable spots in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are differentiated by increased discomfort in the patient and a noticeable 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 type 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 a certain part of the body can actually be brought about by an injury or dysfunction somewhere else. Manual Medicine/Chiropractic treatment of the spinal nerve injuries and dysfunctions is complementary.
Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. Trigger point therapy involves the application of pressure to these painful, 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 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 have pain unless pressed, but they are believed to cause joint stiffness and reduced ranges of motion as we age.
By including trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist puts pressure on these painful points to relax the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the application of pressure on a trigger point may cause your soreness to become more apparent, it has the odd effect of feeling good at the same time. You will discover that trigger point therapy in combination with your Manual Medicine/Chiropractic Cox Technic treatment goes far to move you toward pain relief.
Complete Health Medical P.C. provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Complete Health Medical P.C. for more information.