You have muscle pain. You don’t know how or why it started but it’s agonizing, and you want this knot in your muscles to go away as soon as possible. The technical term for your muscle knot is a myofascial trigger point. So, what you need is myofascial trigger point therapy.
Of course, your muscles are not actually in a knot. Rather, a trigger point or a tiny patch of muscle tissue is cramping and cutting off its own blood supply. This makes it feel even worse as it becomes more irritated.
What to Look Out For
Anything can sprout myofascial trigger point pain. You may have injured yourself, moved or twisted in the wrong way, or just moved too quickly for your muscles to react and adapt, causing a knot or trigger point. It may even be there was no injury at all, but instead, it is a buildup of waste metabolites in those clusters of muscle.
Symptoms of myofascial trigger point pain can range from minor aches and pains in the back, hips, or neck, including headaches, to a debilitating pain that leaves you in a heaping mess wondering what is happening to you. As trigger points can cause pain on their own, add to existing pain, or mimic the pain of other problems, it can be difficult to determine exactly what is wrong.
No one is immune from pain. As we get older, we become more susceptible to painful events, including the pain caused by myofascial trigger points. Myofascial trigger point therapy can help alleviate some if not all of the pain experienced by these nagging muscle knots. It often involves rubbing or pressing on the trigger points much like a massage therapist or chiropractor can do.
Treatment is not precise, however, and it can take some trial and error as well as a few visits to see results.
The good news is that treatment can work. Gentle muscle and spinal manipulations performed by a chiropractor can align the spinal column in the back and neck to ease the tension in the muscles caused by inflamed trigger points. As the spine is aligned, the surrounding muscles do not have to work as hard, which can be a relief.
The troublesome trigger points can then be managed to take care of the remaining issues by pressing and massaging those areas until the muscle releases the pressure that has built up. The trigger points are pressed with the hands or at times a small instrument to achieve the desired results.
Once released, the muscle needs to be stretched through its full range of motion. As each muscle has a different function and maneuverability, a health care practitioner can show you the proper techniques to use at home to retrain the muscles. This will help avoid getting these trigger points again in the future, but in the near term, it will eliminate the pain you have been feeling.
At Michigan Chiropractic Specialists, we are well trained and practiced in handling all kinds of pain and symptoms, including myofascial trigger point pain. A short consultation with us can determine the treatment plan best suited for you, so you don’t have to suffer in pain any longer.