"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are frequently astonished that we can find, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are extremely irritable spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are identified by heightened pain in the patient and a noticeable hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just sensitive nodules, but they affect the surrounding muscle and tissues.
A type 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 actually be caused by an injury or dysfunction somewhere else. chiropractic treatment of the spinal nerve injuries and dysfunctions is complementary.
Trigger points are areas of tenderness in a muscle. Trigger point therapy incorporates applied pressure to these sore, sensitive areas 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 have pain unless pressed, but they are believed to bring about 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 applied 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 goes far to move you toward pain relief.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers trigger point therapy to enhance your healing. Ask Executive Chiropractic of Iowa for more information.