Maybe you’ve heard the words “trigger point” when you had a massage or chiropractic adjustment. Typically it’s a point on the body that is in pain and you probably feel it when someone pushes on the area! Usually referred to as a KNOT! If it lasts a long time then it is classified as chronic pain.
Chronic pain is certainly a common issue. In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that an estimated 50 million Americans, or just over 20 percent, have some form of chronic pain. This data came from the CDC’s 2016 National Health Interview Survey.
Despite being in “chronic” pain, Americans are willing to suck it up. Half of those surveyed rated their health as good overall. Most just living with the pain and not knowing a viable solution. One solution to decrease or even eliminate your pain, includes trigger point therapy.
If you suffer from muscle pain, come see us Schrock Medical Clinic. Our team is dedicated to helping you find relief from pain and helping you live a more active life. That chronic pain can be minimized with regular trigger point therapy sessions. Let’s discuss how!
What are trigger points?
Trigger points are a part of myofascial pain syndrome. They are tight knots or bands of muscle that are painful to touch. They can also cause referred pain, muscle spasms, and weakness. Referred pain means that trigger points send pain to other parts of the body. Trigger points can even cause other symptoms, such as headaches and eye strain. If you suffer from trigger points, learning more about them will help you make an informed treatment decision.
How trigger points form
Typically they are formed from overuse of a muscle group, improper form when exercising, repetitive movement, imbalances, or injuries. Undo tension, stress and anxiety may also lead to trigger points. The tension from this causes muscles to clinch or tighten and can lead to strain.
Pain from trigger points
In addition to pain at the site of the knot, some trigger points cause referred pain, or pain that’s felt in another part of the body. For example, a trigger point in the lower back may cause pain that shoots down your leg.
Treating trigger points manually
Manual therapy for trigger points works well with regular massages and chiropractic adjustments. If a trigger point has been there for several years, and is chronic in pain however, it may need more than just manual therapy.
Trigger point injections
At Schrock Medical Clinic, we use natural trigger point injections to relieve pain and inflammation around trigger points. Our injections are a combination of lidocaine and saline that break down toxins out of the tissue and relieves tension. Most trigger point injections use corticosteroids or cortisone, which treat pain but don’t do much to address the root cause of the trigger point.
Our safe and natural alternative works amazingly well and in conjunction with chiropractic care, and rehabilitative therapy we can get those trigger points resolved.
You don’t have to live with chronic pain, esp. trigger point pain. Schedule your free consultation with our experienced team and start living your best active life!