Just as in the office, trigger point therapy may be used at home to counteract the pain sensations you feel. Trigger points are those tender areas that when pressed “hurt good” in an odd way. Massaging these points actually reduces pain. Pressure of no more than the amount of pressure you put on your eyeball when rubbing it is required.
Have someone at home massage the trigger points gently and to your tolerance.
- If you only have low back pain, just have the painful low back areas massaged. It doesn't take much pressure.
- If you only have neck pain, just have the painful neck area massaged.
- If your pain goes down your arm or leg, direct your helper to follow the path of the pain down that extremity.
example of trigger points that may accompany right leg pain (sciatica)
Very gentle and specific trigger point therapy at home may help reduce your pain.
Dr. Gary Stefanick may use trigger point therapy in the office as well so you know what it feels like to guide your helper at home. Ask Dr. Gary Stefanick if you have any questions at your next New York chiropractic visit.
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