"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are frequently astonished that we can find, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are very sensitive spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are identified by heightened pain in the patient and a noticeable hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just tender nodules, but they affect the surrounding muscle and tissues.
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 founded on the theory that pain in a certain part of the body can actually be caused by an injury or dysfunction somewhere else. chiropractic treatment of the spinal nerve injuries and dysfunctions is complementary.
Trigger points are areas of sensitivity in a muscle. Trigger point therapy incorporates the application of pressure to these painful, sensitive areas 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 applied together. Theoretically, active trigger points bring about muscle pain which transfers pain and tenderness to other areas of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't have pain unless pressed, but they are believed 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 relax the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the application of pressure on a trigger point may cause your soreness to become more apparent, 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.
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre for more information.