The Impact of proper Trigger Point Therapy on Tissue
Ever wondered why you get tightness on top of your shoulders? It might be a trigger point. The best way to get rid of a trigger point is through Trigger Point Therapy. This form of therapy provided by chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, massage therapists and even some laypersons for treatments of muscles and joint malfunction. Trigger Point Therapy is a highly effective tool and methods of bringing about stability. The key to clinical success lies in proper detection and the myofascial work performed (therapeutic procedures rendered).
Dr. Janet Travell first described Trigger Points in 1942. She described it as a sensitive area located at a particular point on muscles or fascia. However, she went and further related that these delicate tissues should not be considered a trigger point if the pain or irritability often due to trauma, swelling, tumors or infections. Furthermore, she on the record to have stated that the finding of a trigger point couldn’t be objectively measured or explained with neurological examinations. Therefore, a neurological exam to find trigger points may be wasteful.
In short, researchers agree that trigger points are areas of nerve and muscle malfunction. When the controlling nerve to a muscle is not functioning at 100%, the muscle controlled by that nerve will also malfunction. Hence, the tissue (muscle) becomes hyperactive, and a trigger point develops. And soon after that, pain is felt. So, to get to the actual cause, the nerve interference must be corrected. Please bear with us as we will now explain why.
The real reason why the trigger point develops is nerve interference.
We have already established this much. Muscles without nerves are dumb. What we mean is a muscle need neuronal innervation for function and stability. Obstructions or interruptions in neuronal connection lead to a deep muscular response. Prolonged and continued interference with a muscles neural connection leads to tissue damage and these mildly damaged tissues are those described as trigger points.
Therefore, to get rid of these aberrant tissues (trigger points), one must first correct and stabilize the neuronal connection to a given muscle. So, one must initiate direct muscular therapy when the neuronal connection is free of irritation or simultaneously to treatments rendered for the nerve. Otherwise, you risk of having the same condition over and over again without fail.
The chiropractors and physiotherapists of Chiropractic Specialty Centers® practice a research-based method of the spine and joint care. We are not the simple go about technicians blindly treating patients. Our goals for each therapy session are to correct the cause. And when it comes to a trigger point, we adjust both the neuronal impingements as well as the muscular or fibrous component of the so-called trigger point. In short, we treat you better. So, visit one of our centers and get evaluated by an actual clinical team that bases their treatment of facts and research.
Trigger Point Treatment for Neck Pain and Back Pain
Patients with recurrent neck pain and back pain always present with trigger points. In our centers, the physiotherapists and chiropractors will carefully evaluate you to identify your trigger points. Your therapy session may include specific versions of trigger point therapy.
The result is a neuromuscular cycle that leads to a trigger point formation. Trigger point therapy is a particular form of deep massage applied by our chiropractors or one of our therapists to remove the adverse effect of a neuro-muscular cycle and allowing for quicker healing.
In our center, trigger point therapy is a compliment to other treatments. The effectiveness increased when it is in conjunction with one of the other modalities or a chiropractic adjustment. Treatments are safe, effective, and results can be felt immediately following the therapy itself.
What Are Trigger Points?
Myofascial points or trigger points (TP) are best described as a kind of muscle firmness or tightness that forms after an injury or neglect. They are the consequence of an injury or soft tissue irritations in muscles. It is perhaps the most common finding in patients with pain, yet they are neglected. Insufficient therapy or neglect can lead to pain, soft tissue damage and joint malfunction. Soft tissue damage such as adhesions and even degenerative changes are all common consequences of neglected or prolonged myofascial trigger points.
Now let’s see how myofascial point impact the joint?
Prolonged or neglected myofascial points or TP will cause excessive contractions of muscles and tendons. Excessively contracted muscles and tendons will impact ligaments. Once the ligament is involved, the joint is impacted. Continued trigger points (TP) can, therefore, lead to joint malfunction and even damage.
Trigger points can cause pain at the site of irritation or at remote parts — known as radicular pain. Radiculopathy (radicular pain) is the result of nerve root irritations. It implies that a problem in one part of the body causes pain in another or distant part. Pinched nerve, damaged tissue or a myofascial points commonly cause radicular pain. In certain cases, you can have all three present. Yes, an intense myofascial point can cause nerve root irritation. In fact, the nerve root irritation caused by chronic myofascial point or TP is the main source of radicular pain.
It must be said that we all have myofascial points or TP. Some of us will have minor ones, while others may suffer from chronic recurrent trigger points (TP). The chronic recurrent TP are those caused by a secondary issue. Health issues such as a herniated disc (slipped disc) are common causes of nerve impingements that bring about soft tissue disorders and pain. Those with chronic recurrent myofascial point therapy should have a thorough assessment of the musculoskeletal systems to identify other possible causes. Recovery from a chronic recurrent TP is dependent on accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of the trigger point as well as other associated factors.
Proper assessment of all underlying issues is critical to complete recovery. In short, patients who suffer from recurrent radicular pain patterns need to have proper assessments of their myofascial points as well as other possible root causes of pain. In order to recover from the radicular pain, you will need to have the actual cause of pain addressed as well as the myofascial points that emerged in the associated parts.
Why myofascial Points or TP Cause Trouble?
Your body’s natural response to stressful events is to protect itself. It does that by modifying the manner in which you move, sit, or stand. However, there are instances, which puts additional demands on your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. Additional demands or stress on the body leads to awkward adaptability awkward. An example of awkward adaptability is moments in which you feel more comfortable in poor sitting position versus a proper sitting position. Poor sitting posture is one of the common causes of myofascial trigger points. So, next time you feel more comfortable in a poor sitting position, it may be due to additional stresses you have placed on your musculoskeletal systems.
Other causes include traumatic events such as sports injuries, automobile accidents, work injuries or improper lifting. Regardless of the cause, the fact remains that myofascial points are in need of addressing and correction. As mentioned earlier, a myofascial trigger point may also be caused by a health disorder. Common health issues that cause myofascial disorders to includes sciatica, slipped disc, scoliosis, tendinopathy, bursitis, and strains.
The most widely recognized spot for a myofascial point is in the muscle of the lower back called the Quadratus Lumborum (QL), which is found along the side of your spine, running towards the top of your hips (iliac crest). The presence of a myofascial syndrome in the Quadratus Lumborum leads to alterations in your spinal biomechanics. Any alternations in proper alignment of the spine place undue stresses on both the spinal joints and spinal discs.
If you suffer from recurrent pain syndromes, visit Chiropractic Specialty Center® near you. Our clinical teams of corrective research-based chiropractors and clinical physiotherapists have the skills and knowledge to treat the most difficult myofascial trigger point holistically. Let our non-invasive experts provide you the relief you need today. Opt for compressive myofascial point or trigger point therapy from an expert clinical team.