Trigger point pain is a debilitating problem for millions of people. The pain develops within a muscle and forms a tight notch, also known as a muscle knot. This is one of the most disabling pain syndromes around because it doesn’t stay in just one part of the body, or one muscle. Instead, it spreads and creates symptoms like numbness, burning and tingling throughout various areas of the body. The most common sites of these trigger points are the neck, shoulders, back, and hips, but you may feel pain in the extremities as a result of these knots.
At Apponaug Chiropractic Center in Warwick, we specialize in treating this type of muscle pain. Dr. Caliri emphasizes his treatment on the entire patient, to correct the underlying causes of pain. This benefits whole health for improved function, rather than just “patching up” the problem areas. To schedule your appointment, contact Apponaug Chiropractic Center today.
When talking about trigger points, think of that tightness in your neck when you’ve been looking at a computer screen too long, or after you’ve been hunched over a book for several hours. The area isn’t just tight, but tender and sometimes swollen. These knots or tightened muscles are incredibly uncomfortable and can affect not only blood flow into the muscles, but it can decrease quality of life as well.
Trigger point therapy involves massaging out these tight spots by using alternating cycles of pressure onto the site for several moments, and then releasing. This, of course, creates widespread discomfort and pain all over the body; however, most patients find this discomfort is worth the long-term benefit of the therapy. Consider the risks and side effects associated with letting these trigger points go untreated. Knots will get tighter and affect overall health, posture, and comfort levels. Untreated trigger points can lead to migraine syndromes, more severe radiating pain, soft tissue damage or muscle atrophy, and bladder incontinence, just to name a few negative effects.
The greatest benefit patients receive from receiving trigger point massage therapy, as compared to other forms of pain therapy, is that it’s specific to the individual patient and the exact site of pain. Other massage therapies and treatments are broader and less personalized.
Chiropractors and massage therapists specialized in trigger point therapy know how to identify the knots or tightened muscle fibers, and they can then determine which method or massage technique would be most useful in releasing the muscles, thereby making length of treatment significantly less than other therapies.
This is why many patients have found trigger point therapy to be so helpful, even though it causes temporary pain in the process. Upon releasing the trigger points, health conditions begin to improve and energy levels start to rise. Sometimes, it takes a few visits to release the trigger points, but patients generally start to feel better after their first treatment.
It should be noted that loosening these trigger points will release built up toxins that collected in and around the affected muscles. It’s important to stay hydrated after each therapy to make sure these toxins get excreted. Furthermore, it’s important to take necessary measures to prevent these trigger points from recurring, such has regular stretching and exercise.