How Can Trigger Point Therapy Help Back Pain and Tight Muscles?
If you’re suffering from myofascial pain (pain caused by pressure on your muscles), trigger point therapy can provide fast and effective relief.
This therapy works to deactivate specific trigger points (a.k.a. “knots”) that could be causing referred or local pain.
Used on its own or alongside other chiropractic techniques, trigger point therapy can alleviate your discomfort once and for all.
What Causes Myofascial Pain?
Sometimes, it’s easy to diagnose low back pain or chronic myofascial pain. Causes include inflammatory conditions, herniated discs that are causing a compressed nerve, misalignment of posture, and traumas, e.g., falls or car accidents.
However, when this pain is caused by tight muscles within the fascial system (the interconnecting tissue that’s found all over your body, surrounding every organ, nerve blood vessel, bone, and muscle), it becomes far more difficult to diagnose. These restrictions may not show up on X-rays or MRI scans but may be having a significant impact on your health.
Thankfully, that’s where your local chiropractor in Grapevine can help.
How Does Trigger Point Therapy Work?
Myofascial therapy works to target these triggers, which you may notice as tight knots in your connective tissue and muscle.
To start, your chiropractor will assess the areas of the fascia you’re experiencing restrictions in. They will pinpoint the triggers and establish what loss of motion and/or symmetry there is in your body.
Once done, they’ll put together a treatment program that targets these areas. This usually involves sustained low-load stretches or the gentle application of pressure to the area. You will also need to follow the chiropractor’s advice about any exercises you should do at home and any necessary dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to improve your recovery.
What Can You Expect from Your Treatment?
The number of treatments you require will depend on how intense the problem is and what’s causing it. If an issue with a trigger point has been determined, Dr. Payne will work with the in-house Nurse Practitioner, and/or massage therapist, to put together the proper treatment plan which could include Trigger Point Injections and/or massage, depending on the severity of the issue.
How does it feel?
If it is determined that you would be best treated by receiving Trigger Point Injections, you shouldn’t experience any pain. Rather, you may notice soreness in the area afterward and slight discomfort during the treatment due to the built-up tension in these tissues.
It’s important to note that some of these knots may have been years in the making, so they can’t be eradicated overnight. But with ongoing, effective treatment at your chiropractor’s, you should soon start to notice an immeasurable difference.
If you are suffering from chronic pain and would like to know more about how Trigger Point Therapy could be a solution for you, call us today at 817-329-3552.