Trigger Points: Diagnosis and Management

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Many people suffer from pain that often originates from other areas of the body. This pain is caused by muscular tension known as myofascial pain syndrome. Simply put, this is pain caused by a trigger point that radiates or migrates pain to unrelated parts of the body. It can be challenging to treat and diagnose as most sufferers look for relief from the pain where it is, and not where the injury has occurred. By understanding the root of the pain, trigger point therapy can offer immediate relief without the use of addictive pain medications.

Trigger Points

Symptoms to Look For

Patients often experience pain that does not seem to be tied with a specific injury. There are symptoms you can look for to help identify myofascial pain.

  • Chronic, increasing, and persistent pain
  • Muscle ache that is deep
  • Muscle knots or spasms
  • Discomfort while sleeping or resting

Some people experience this pain in bursts over several days at a time with an intermittent reoccurrence. Others may experience ongoing pain that worsens over time. Trigger point therapy is a technique that identifies the cause of pain and relieves, corrects, and restores the body to normal function. Traditional medication may use painful injections or mood altering muscle relaxers to offer relief. Chiropractic care uses non-invasive techniques to treat the source rather than mask the pain.

What is a Trigger Point?

Trigger Points are areas of muscle that tighten up or spasm constantly, often referred to as a knot. These knots can radiate pain along a muscle system. The pain often originates from a central part of the body, such as the back, but causes pain in the arms, shoulders, or legs. Certain trigger points may also pinch nerves that run along

limbs.Sometimes the knot itself can have little or no pain leaving a sufferer unaware of the actual injury. There are a variety of factors that could create a trigger point such as skeletal misalignments, muscle injuries, or stress. If the bone structure does not align appropriately, the muscle system will seek to compensate creating contractions near the source of the injury.

Muscle injuries can be a result of sports accidents or from repetitive use and poor posture. Stress and anxiety can cause clenching of muscles that over time create trigger points and stiffness.

Seeking Treatment Options

Tigger point therapy is a safe and effective way to relieve pain and restore the body to a normal function. Chiropractic care can be found with board-certified specialists with an intimate knowledge of bone and muscular function. They are not massage therapists, although treatment can involve massage techniques.

Chiropractors will first diagnose the cause and eliminate unrelated symptoms with the use of state-of-the-art equipment, along with your full medical history.

Therapy that Works for You

If you suffer from long-term pain and discomfort, and nothing seems to bring permanent relief, then trigger point therapy could be the solution you need. Continuing treatment with pain pills becomes ineffective over time.

Massage therapy alone does not provide a diagnosis and treat the cause. A skilled chiropractic practice can help to stop the pain and get you back to normal function so that you can return your daily activities free from pain.