Symptoms and Treatment of Trigger Points
A myofascial trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain when compressed and also can radiate pain to other parts of the body. A trigger point in the upper back, for example, may cause referral pain in the neck. The pain usually is not located at the trigger point responsible for it. Compression of the trigger point usually causes pain in a distant area. The pain is usually dull and aching with intensity ranging from low grade discomfort to severe, incapacitating pain. . Low back pain, neck pain, radiating arm or leg pain, headaches and sciatica are all examples of conditions that can be caused by trigger points.
Causes of trigger points
Mechanical stress-such as when you have a pelvic imbalance due to a short leg on one side
Postural stress-from sitting in a chair without proper upper and lower back support, low armrests, or too soft a seat. Poor posture such as slumping shoulders, head tilted forward, rounded upper back.
Nutritional -lack of Vitamins B1, B6 ,C and Mg , hypoglycemia, are some reasons for trigger point formation.
Vigorous physical activity-whether from work, weekend sports or repetitive motions with your arms or legs.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage for trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. We also use heat afterwards to increase blood flow to the muscle to flush out lactic acid and other chemicals that lay in the muscle from the formation of trigger points. Then the muscles are put through active range of motion to teach the body that active range of motion is available and encourage you to use full motion during daily activities.
The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Undergoing trigger point therapy along with spinal adjustments helps naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.