How Trigger Point Therapy Helps Resolve Nagging Pains
Are you dealing with a small yet irritating pain in your upper body, neck, back, or knees? You probably have a trigger point that's making it more difficult to move the affected and surrounding areas without pain.
At Advantage Spine and Disc in Boise, ID, our chiropractor can provide trigger point therapy that releases the tightened muscle and restores your range of motion. The result is the ability to move freely again without fear of pain.
What Is a Trigger Point?
A trigger point is an irritated spot found in a tight band of muscle. They're also called muscle knots because they feel like a knot is stuck in the muscle. They're primarily found in the muscles that support the body and aid with posture. You may feel the trigger point when you move your body in a way that engages the muscle holding the knot.
Getting Trigger Point Therapy for Pain Relief
Trigger point therapy is aimed at resolving the trigger point and letting the muscle tissue relax. The chiropractor employs manual methods for the therapy and uses the technique that's most appropriate and effective for the problem.
Trigger point therapy can often feel like a massage because the treatment requires putting pressure directly on top of the affected area while flexing a nearby joint or having you lay in a position that aids in the release. There may be a moment of discomfort as Dr. Ricks starts the procedure, but relief comes quickly as the trigger point relaxes.
Conditions Helped by Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy, also known as myofascial release, helps most pain conditions caused by tension and tightness in the muscles. A trigger point can happen anywhere in the body, but some areas are more prone to the effects of tension than others.
Some of the conditions associated with trigger points include:
- neck pain
- repetitive strain injuries
- frozen shoulder
- temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
This is by no means a comprehensive list of conditions that can be treated with trigger point therapy.
Sometimes a trigger point develops in response to a chronic pain issue that seems entirely unrelated. Making an appointment with a chiropractor can help determine the source of the trigger point and potentially resolve multiple issues at once.
Call Us at our Clinic in Boise Today for an Appointment
Get in touch with us today at Advantage Spine and Disc to set up an appointment with our chiropractor. Dr. Ricks will go over your medical conditions with you and determine if trigger point therapy is the right approach for your pain. Once a course of treatment is created, Dr. Ricks works with you until your pain issue has been resolved. Call our Boise, ID, office today at (208) 336-2225.