Trigger Point Therapy is a perfect complement to chiropractic care. While chiropractic adjustments work to mobilize joints, trigger point therapy loosens up the soft tissues that surround and support skeletal joints. These soft tissues include muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia (a type of connective tissue).

Soft tissue injuries can be painful, create tension, and lead to loss of flexibility. Trigger point therapy is like hitting the “reset button” on an injury — reducing tension, restoring blood flow, improving flexibility, and relieving pain. It can make chiropractic adjustments go easier and enable the results of the adjustment to last longer.

What is a Trigger Point?

Trigger points are painful nodules within the muscle tissue that are commonly found in the upper back, low back, and gluteal muscles. These areas of tightness refer (or “trigger”) pain in another part of the body. For example, it’s common for trigger points in the shoulder muscles to refer pain up to the side of the neck resulting in a headache.

Trigger points are a chronic problem, and many people have multiple trigger points in their body. Active trigger points can cause pain, stiffness, and tension, and can lead to loss of normal function.

Treating Trigger Points

Treating trigger points involves unlocking the contracted muscle by applying pressure to cause a release. Once the muscle is relaxed, it will then need to be retrained to maintain its full range of motion. Many people experience pain relief during their first trigger point therapy session, while others require several treatments. It is not uncommon to be sore for a day or two following a treatment.

Trigger point therapy sessions are scheduled based on a referral from the treating chiropractor and focus on specific, targeted areas. Sessions are usually scheduled in 15-minute increments adjacent to a chiropractic adjustment.

Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy

  • Increases blood circulation
  • Reduces localized swelling
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Lowers stress
  • Increases range of motion and joint flexibility
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Improves depression and anxiety
  • Rids the body of toxins
  • Enhances natural immunities
  • Releases endorphins (natural pain killers)

Different patients will benefit from different of treatment options. The doctor will determine the best combination of treatments for each individual patient.