Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are hypersensitive taught bands of muscle.
The pain is related to a discrete, irritable point in skeletal muscle or fascia (not caused by acute local trauma, inflammation, degeneration, neoplasm or infection). The painful point may be felt as a band in the muscle & a twitch response may be elicited on stimulation of this point. Palpation of the trigger point produces the patient’s complaint of pain, and the pain radiates in a distribution typical of the muscle harboring the trigger point. Myofascial trigger points are tiny contraction knots that develop in an injured or overworked muscle & are often the source of nagging pain.
Trigger point injections are used to treat a wide variety of complaints. A needle is used to dispense a saline solution, or a numbing agent to decrease the pain levels. Trigger point injection therapy is particularly good for chronic musculotherapy disorders. Migraines, whiplash, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, repetitive use disorders, TMJ, cervical, thoracic & lumbar pain are often greatly improved by using this method.