Trigger point therapy uses various techniques to eliminate painful knots of tissue that can develop in the body. Although trigger points are most often associated with the back, they can also develop all over the body, including in the shoulders, neck, arms and legs. Trigger points can lay dormant for some time, but when they are irritated, they can cause symptoms that include sharp pain, throbbing, tingling or other neurological effects that may disappear quickly, or linger for weeks or months at a time.
Exactly which treatment techniques will be recommended for you will depend on the location of your trigger points and the severity of your symptoms. However, typically patients may have a combination of:
Therapeutic massage: where your practitioner will use their hands to release pressure from the surrounding muscles and soft tissues.
Dry needling: this is where a very thin needle is inserted into the tight muscle and then manipulated to relieve pressure. It’s called dry needling, as the needle isn’t used as a vessel for medication.
Trigger point therapy is extremely popular for a number of reasons. Here are some of the most commonly-cited benefits of trigger point therapy.
Unsurprisingly, many people who look to trigger point therapy and other non-invasive treatments are looking for a way to help manage their pain. Trigger point therapy helps to free up areas of tension and tightness, reducing the level of discomfort that the patient is experiencing. It has been shown to be highly effective at treating pain associated with a variety of ailments, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, herniated discs, sciatica, TMJ disorder, Parkinson’s disease, and even some forms of cancer.
Headaches are a common problem among people with tension in their upper back, shoulders, and neck. However, since there are many trigger points in these areas that can be targeted, working on them will release the pressure and reduce the likelihood and severity of headaches.
When you suffer from tension in your spine and back, it can make even the simplest of movements more painful and difficult than they should be. In fact, you may find it impossible to bend or twist in certain ways. Even sitting to use a computer or laying down in bed in your preferred position may be too uncomfortable to contemplate. When tension is released using trigger point therapy, it can drastically improve your flexibility and range of motion.
If you have suffered from an injury or experiencing discomfort and stiffness, you’ll be pleased to know that trigger point therapy can help with the healing process. This is because when pressure points are released, blood circulation is improved and this enables nutrients and oxygen to reach the site of the injury, reducing inflammation and prompting healing.
Nobody wants to be put through painful treatment, and one of the primary benefits of trigger point therapy is that it is a mostly painless experience. There’s no need for anesthetic, no incisions, and no need for any special care following each trigger point therapy session.
For more information about the benefits of trigger point therapy, please speak to our skilled and knowledgeable team at Doc.Vaid in Chicago, Illinois, by calling (312) 779-0335.