"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often astonished that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are extremely sensitive areas in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are characterized by increased soreness in the patient and an obvious 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 coined 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 caused 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 incorporates the application of pressure to these painful, tender areas in order to alleviate their pain and dysfunction as well as pain in other parts of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are used together. Theoretically, active trigger points bring about muscle pain which passes pain and tenderness to other parts of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't hurt 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 applied pressure on a trigger point might cause your pain to become more apparent, it has the odd effect of feeling good at the same time. You will find that trigger point therapy in combination with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Hutter Chiropractic Office provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Hutter Chiropractic Office for more information.