"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often astonished that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are extremely irritable areas in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are differentiated by increased pain in the patient and an obvious hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just tender nodules, but they affect the surrounding muscle and tissues.
A form of soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, first originated 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 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 tenderness in a muscle. Trigger point therapy involves the application of pressure to these painful, sensitive spots 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 parts of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't have pain unless pressed, but they are thought to bring about joint stiffness and reduced ranges of motion as we age.
By including trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist presses on these painful points to ease the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the applied pressure on a trigger point may cause your pain to become more noticeable, it has the odd effect of feeling good at the same time. You will discover that trigger point therapy in combination with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic for more information.