"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often amazed that we can find, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are highly irritable spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are identified by increased discomfort in the patient and an obvious 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 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, tender 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 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 hurt 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 application of pressure on a trigger point might cause your pain to become more noticeable, it has the odd 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.
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