"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are extremely irritable spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are differentiated 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 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 established on the theory that pain in a certain part of the body can in fact 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 applied pressure to these sore, sensitive areas in order to relieve their pain and dysfunction as well as pain in other areas of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are used together. Theoretically, active trigger points cause muscle pain which transfers 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 thought to bring about joint stiffness and decreased ranges of motion as we age.
By incorporating trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist puts pressure on these painful points to ease the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the application of 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.
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic offers trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Aaron Chiropractic Clinic for more information.