"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are extremely sensitive spots in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are identified by heightened soreness in the patient and an obvious hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just sensitive nodules, but they affect the surrounding muscle and tissues.
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 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 spots of tenderness in a muscle. Trigger point therapy involves applied pressure to these painful, sensitive 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 applied together. Theoretically, active trigger points cause muscle pain which passes 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 thought to cause joint stiffness and decreased ranges of motion as we get older.
By including trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist presses on these painful points to relax the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the applied pressure on a trigger point might cause your discomfort to become more apparent, it has the strange effect of feeling good at the same time. You will find that trigger point therapy in connection with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic for more information.