The primary purpose of Trigger Point Therapy is to reduce the pain resulting from hypersensitive muscles. Identifying trigger points is done by gently pressing on the surface of the skin, feeling the texture of the underlying muscle. By applying constant pressure with the thumbs, elbow or hand instrument, muscles relax and pain is often reduced.
What is it?
A trigger point is like a knot that feels like a pea buried deep in the muscle. It is caused by lactic acid, a normal byproduct of muscle activity, which sometimes gets trapped in the muscle from physical, chemical or emotional stress. It is often tender and painful. As affected muscles tighten, their function and motion are restricted, causing weakness and pain. In extreme cases, muscle cramping can result.
What do we do?
Trigger Point Therapy is performed in several ways. The least invasive is by applying direct pressure or stretching of the affected muscle. Deliberate pressure, with a thumb, elbow or instrument releases the muscle and helps it relax and eases pain and stiffness in the area. Sometimes there are a series of strokes across the trigger point nodules, or a cooling spray is applied along with the stretching of the affected muscle. Trigger Point Therapy is a natural way to relax muscles and restore strength and flexibility.
If you would like to see whether Trigger Point Therapy is an appropriate approach for you give us a call today. We will sit down and take a comprehensive case history and physical examination with you and once the likely causes of your complaints are identified and explained we will then explore options for treatment. These may include Trigger Point Therapy or other Chiropractic or non Chiropractic approaches as appropriate to your individual case.