"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are very irritable spots in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are characterized by increased soreness in the patient and an apparent hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just tender 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 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, 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 parts of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't have pain unless pressed, but they are presumed to cause joint stiffness and reduced ranges of motion as we get older.
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 applied pressure on a trigger point may cause your pain to become more noticeable, it has the strange effect of feeling good at the same time. You will discover that trigger point therapy in combination with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Dr. Gary Stefanick offers trigger point therapy to enhance your healing. Ask Dr. Gary Stefanick for more information.