"Oh, that's the spot, Doc!"
Patients are often astonished that we can locate, just by feeling, the painful area. Trigger points are very sensitive spots in muscle bands that trigger painful responses and are identified by heightened 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 established 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 painful, tender areas in order to alleviate their pain and dysfunction as well as pain in other areas of the body. Sometimes massage and trigger point therapy are used together. Theoretically, active trigger points cause muscle pain which transfers pain and tenderness to other areas of the body when pressed. Latent trigger points are those that don't have pain unless pressed, but they are presumed to cause joint stiffness and decreased ranges of motion as we age.
By including 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 might 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 connection with your chiropractic Cox Technic treatment does wonders to move you toward pain relief.
Tarrytown Chiropractic offers trigger point therapy to enhance your healing. Ask Tarrytown Chiropractic for more information.