How Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve Trigger Points
Many patients who seek out chiropractic care do so to relieve pain in their back, shoulders, arms, and legs. While regular chiropractic adjustments can help relieve pain caused by misalignment, they can also help deal with a more pervasive pain inducing problem: trigger points.
Trigger Points: A Working Definition
Trigger points is the term for concentrated, localized myofascial pain. The root “myo” refers to muscle, and fascia are the connective tissue that are woven throughout the body between bones and muscles. Thus, myofascial pain is the medical term to describe muscle pain. When you experience myofascial pain, it often originates in a specific trigger point on the body, and the intensity can vary from mildly annoying to excruciatingly debilitating. Trigger points refer to the places on the body that are the root cause of many instances of myofascial pain.
How Trigger Points are Created
The position of trigger points within your muscles vary by individual, and this is largely due to how they are created in the first place. Trigger points form as nodules on your muscle’s banded tissues when the muscle undergoes some type of trauma: disease, accidents, work related conditions (think persistent, repetitive motion), and athletic injuries.
Moreover, any habit or activity that places repetitive, long term strain on muscle tissue can also create trigger points. In addition to these repetitive movements, poor posture and improper ergonomics in a workspace can also cause trigger points to form. While the muscle may not hurt directly, it can result in referred pain felt elsewhere on the body. For example, trigger points in the wrist and arm can result in referred neck and shoulder pain.
Chiropractic Adjustments and Alleviating Trigger Points
Treating myofascial pain resulting from trigger points via chiropractic adjustment is the preferred, medication free option for many. Regular adjustments often decrease pain dramatically, and in some cases patients experience a complete elimination of all pain resulting from trigger points. Better still, many who treat their trigger point pain via chiropractic care also experience increased strength, range of motion, and flexibility where previously they were unable to use that muscle freely without pain.
Do you suffer frequent bouts of chronic muscle pain? Make an appointment with one of our licensed chiropractors today, and be sure to discuss potential trigger points from old injuries or activities that may have caused your current condition. With regular adjustments and professional chiropractic care, you will soon find yourself well on your way to pain-free living.