Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy in Waterford, MI
Myofascial refers to the muscle tissue and the connective tissue around it, and myofascial pain can result from injury or repetitive strain. Sometimes when a muscle is strained or stressed, trigger points – what feels like tiny knots – form in the muscles, resulting in muscle tightness and pain.
Myofascial trigger point therapy is the release of these trigger points, that can even radiate pain to other parts of the body, in what’s referred to as “referred pain.”
The good news is myofascial trigger point therapy is proven very effective in releasing these painful knots or trigger points.
What is a Trigger Point?
Trigger points are like painful tiny knots or clusters of muscle fibers that are contracted. They can be very sensitive and in some cases extremely painful and debilitating.
Myofascial pain syndrome is a collection of these sensitive trigger points throughout the body.
Overuse injuries can cause them, sustained loading such as carrying babies or boxes, habitually poor posture, clenching muscles because of emotional stress, injuries from car accidents or participation in sports, and even long periods of inactivity.
Trigger points are particularly troublesome because they can cause pain, mimic painful issues, can make other conditions worse, and can radiate pain to other parts of the body.
A trigger point in muscles in the upper back, for example, can be felt as a headache or even toothache. And so treatment of that headache requires treating the trigger point.
What Conditions Does Trigger Point Therapy Treat?
Myofascial trigger point therapy specifically treats myofascial pain syndrome. Trigger points are often causing the painful symptoms of common conditions such as back pain, neck pain, jaw pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injuries, pelvic pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, frozen shoulder, and more.
What is Trigger Point Therapy?
Myofascial trigger point therapy releases the contracted muscle fibers with either manual pressure with either the hands or a mechanical device. The muscles soften, relieving the sensitivity.
Normally relief can be felt in one visit to the chiropractor, although several appointments are recommended for complete relief of the underlying cause.
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