"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often astonished that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are very sensitive spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are identified by heightened soreness in the patient and an apparent 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 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 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 painful, sensitive spots in order to alleviate 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 hurt unless pressed, but they are believed to bring about joint stiffness and decreased ranges of motion as we age.
By incorporating trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist presses on these painful points to relax the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the application of pressure on a trigger point might cause your soreness to become more noticeable, it has the strange effect of feeling good at the same time. You will discover that trigger point therapy in connection with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment goes far to move you toward pain relief.
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center for more information.