Trigger Point Therapy
Having aches and “knots” in particular areas of the muscles is one of the most common things that people complain about. Often, people don’t know that relief is available, and while trigger point therapy isn’t going to magically cure you of all muscle pain, it can make a significant impact on your range of motion and the way your body feels. In fact, trigger point therapy has even been shown to reduce the effects of headaches. If you suffer from pain in your back, neck, hips, legs, and shoulders, then here are a few things you should know about trigger point therapy.
Why is resolving muscle pain important?
When you push through muscle pain and don’t address it, it can result in problems beyond discomfort. In fact, you can confuse it with more pressing emergencies such as heart attacks, because some of the symptoms are similar. Because trigger points can cause numbness in the legs and arms, it can also affect the way you move other parts of your body. Muscle pain forces you to adapt to new ways of being in motion. This can result in injuries to other regions of the body because they are now feeling the pressure and strain in a unique way and without the full support of your strength.
Chronic pain caused from multiple trigger points may start out as a little uncomfortable, but over time can grow into something that is unbearable. It can force you to lose focus when you are working which can be dangerous for those that operate heavy equipment. It can also cause you to lose sleep because of the shooting pain that you mentally and physically have to push through to be comfortable. If you feel agony almost all of the time, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced chiropractor. Trust that the pain doesn’t have to be a permanent part of your life and there are ways to improve it.
What is a trigger point?
A trigger point prevents the muscles from properly working because they cause stress to areas of your body that you overuse or clench often. Myofascial tissue covers the muscles and can rip and pull them together, resulting in what feels like a knot. This knot is called a trigger point, and they can range in pain from bearable to excruciating. They make it hard for you to properly rotate and move in a purposeful way. If you have multiple trigger points, then the pain can quickly become your only focus, and getting through each day will be become more difficult the longer the problem is neglected.
How can a chiropractor help?
A chiropractor can diagnose whether the pain you’re feeling is caused from a trigger point, or if it’s from a different injury. We’ll then assess your particular situation and guide you towards the best treatments that will help reduce the pain. We’ll listen to your needs and goals, and work on a plan that is convenient and appropriate for your condition. It’s our mission to reach the underlying cause of the pain to ensure that you’re getting the best treatment possible. We know that most trigger points relate back to the spine, and we never rush the process because underlying joint issues need our complete attention to resolve.
When it comes to trigger point therapy, everyone will be different in how they react to the chiropractic care and how many treatments it will take to improve the condition. For those who have suffered from chronic pain caused by trigger points, the number of sessions will be higher because they’ll need more work done to effectively make an impact on their body. However, if your pain is relatively tolerable, then your injury won’t demand as much time as others.
When is the best time to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor?
Whether you experience severe pain that feels like knots in your muscles, or you’ve just started to notice a small discomfort in areas that you overuse, the best time to make an appointment is now. The sooner you get started on your journey to being free of chronic pain, you’ll see that your life will improve, and you’ll be able to focus on what’s important, instead of having a daily battle with the sharp aches.
If you’ve just noticed the pain and it’s tolerable, there is still no reason to wait to make the call. A chiropractor can help relieve the pain that is there, and work to prevent trigger points in the future. Some people think you have to be in extreme discomfort to make an appointment, but we help those who don’t suffer from pain reach an optimal level of health.
Let us show you the difference we can make with trigger point therapy. Call today and schedule a no obligation consultation where you can ask any questions you have and express all of your concerns. We’re here for your health and always look forward to seeing you!