"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are frequently astonished that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are very sensitive spots in muscle bands that provoke painful responses and are differentiated by heightened soreness in the patient and an apparent hardness to the doctor or therapist. Trigger points are not just sensitive nodules, but they affect the muscle and tissues in the surrounding area.
A type of soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, first formulated by Dr. Janet Travell who treated President John F. Kennedy for his back pain, is founded 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 spots 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 parts of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't hurt unless pressed, but they are presumed to bring about joint stiffness and decreased ranges of motion as we age.
By incorporating trigger point therapy, the doctor or therapist presses on these painful points to relax the muscle and tissues affected. Even as the applied pressure on a trigger point might cause your soreness 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. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. provides trigger point therapy to maximize your healing. Ask Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. for more information.