"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often astonished that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful spot. Trigger points are extremely irritable areas in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are identified by heightened pain in the patient and an apparent 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 formulated by Dr. Janet Travell who treated President John F. Kennedy for his back pain, is based on the theory that pain in one 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 sensitivity in a muscle. Trigger point therapy incorporates applied pressure to these sore, tender 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 passes 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 believed to bring about joint stiffness and decreased ranges of motion as we get older.
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 strange 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.
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn for more information.