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 is provided by chiropractors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, massage therapists, and even some laypersons to treat muscles and joint malfunction. Trigger Point Therapy is a highly effective tool and method 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 further related that these delicate tissues should not be considered trigger-points if the pain or irritability is 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, nerve interference must be corrected. Please bear with us as we will now explain why.
Why do Trigger Points develop?
Nerve compression is the leading reason for trigger point development. We have already established this much. Muscles without nerves are dumb. What we mean is a muscle that needs neuronal innervation for function and stability. Obstructions or interruptions in neuronal connections lead to a deep muscular response. Prolonged and continued interference with a muscle’s neural connection leads to tissue damage, and these mildly damaged tissues are those described as trigger points.
Therefore, to eliminate these aberrant tissues (trigger points), one must first correct and stabilize the neuronal connection to a given muscle. One must initiate direct muscular therapy when the neuronal link is free of irritation or simultaneously to the nerve’s treatments. Otherwise, you risk having the same condition over and over again without fail.
The chiropractors and physiotherapists of Chiropractic Specialty Centers® practice a research-based method of 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 and 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 & Back Pain
Patients with recurrent neck pain and back pain always present with trigger points. In our centers, 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 complement 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.
The Role Of Myofascial Point & Their Impact On 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 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 myofascial points commonly cause radicular pain. In some instances, you can have all three present. Yes, a severe myofascial point can cause nerve root irritation. The nerve root irritation caused by a chronic myofascial point or TP is the primary 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 constant 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 constant recurrent TP depends on accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of the trigger point and 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 and other possible root causes of pain. To recover from the radicular pain, you will need to have the actual cause of pain addressed and the myofascial points that emerged in the associated parts.
Why Myofascial Points & TP Cause Trouble?
Your body’s natural response to stressful events is to protect itself. It does that by modifying how you move, sit, or stand. However, there are instances, which put 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 when you feel more comfortable in a poor sitting position than 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 reason, the fact remains that myofascial points require addressing and correction. As mentioned earlier, a myofascial trigger point can result from health disorders. Common health issues that cause myofascial disorders include sciatica slipped disc, scoliosis, tendinopathy, bursitis, and strains.
The most widely recognized spot for a myofascial point is in the lower back muscle 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 chronic 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.