What Are Some Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy?

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A trigger point is caused by muscles that fail to relax.  This results in a knot or tight band of muscle that can twitch, irritate surrounding nerves and cause pain in other parts of the body. For instance, a trigger point in the lower back could be causing pain in your neck.  When a patient comes to us for medical pain relief, we often incorporate trigger point therapy as part of their overall treatment plan.  Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of trigger point therapy:

Decreased Headaches

Trigger point therapy is a proven method to treat headaches that stem from tight upper back and neck muscles.  When a patient comes to us with chronic headaches, we conduct an evaluation to identify the underlying cause.  When the underlying cause is muscular, trigger point therapy can be used to treat the muscles, which, in turn, results in fewer headaches.  Pain management doctors often prescribe medication for medical pain relief, when in many cases, trigger point therapy can be more effective, especially over the long term.

Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion

Pain causes reduced flexibility and range of motion. Trigger point therapy can be used to release muscle tension, improving flexibility and increasing overall range on motion. Athletes seek trigger point therapy to not only ease muscle pain but help improve overall performance.

Alleviate Pain

Trigger point therapy can be used to alleviate all types of pain.  When a patient comes to us for medical pain relief, we evaluate their pain and use trigger point therapy as one method to address and treat the pain.

Improved Posture

Tight muscles can cause slouching and have a negative effect on your posture. Trigger point therapy can be used to relieve pain and tightness which, in turn, eases tension on the neck, shoulders, back and other areas that may be causing issues with posture.

If you have pain, give us a call.  Our physical medicine practitioners will conduct a thorough evaluation then develop a customized medical pain relief treatment plan designed to address the underlying cause of your discomfort.