"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often astonished that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are extremely sensitive areas in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are characterized 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 muscle and tissues in the surrounding area.
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 based on the theory that pain in one part of the body can in fact be caused by an injury or dysfunction somewhere else. Chiropractor treatment of the spinal nerve injuries and dysfunctions is complementary.
Trigger points are spots of sensitivity in a muscle. Trigger point therapy incorporates the application of pressure to these sore, tender 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 bring about muscle pain which transfers 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 bring about joint stiffness and reduced ranges of motion as we get older.
By including trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist puts pressure on these painful points to ease 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 Chiropractor Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
The Novelli Wellness Center provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask The Novelli Wellness Center for more information.