"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are frequently amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are extremely sensitive spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are characterized by heightened soreness 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 type of soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, first coined 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 actually be brought about 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 involves the application of pressure to these painful, tender spots 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 bring about 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 cause joint stiffness and decreased ranges of motion as we age.
By including 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 odd effect of feeling good at the same time. You will discover that trigger point therapy in connection with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Moses Chiropractic provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Moses Chiropractic for more information.