What are Trigger Points? They are more than knots!

Trigger points are little nodules in tight bands of muscle tissue. They are palpable “knots” that feel like grains of rice or small peas in tight muscle. They create a pain pattern that can be dull, aching, or sharp, and cause the muscle to contract. The pain  can radiate around the trigger point, or it can refer to another part of the body. Trigger points can also refer other sensations such as tingling, numbness, hot, cold, itching or goosebumps. They are inherent in muscle tissue and lay dormant until the right circumstances cause them to become “active”,  which creates pain and tight muscle in daily activities. 

Trigger points cannot be stretched out, they must be manually released and “re-trained” in order to correct the pain pattern. They develop in tissue due to a variety of factors, with the most common being trauma and repetitive movements. Trigger point pain is usually not responsive to traditional pain medication. If you have been taking pain medication for muscle pain and have had limited results, Neuromuscular Therapy may be a solution for you.

Neuromuscular Therapy is the least invasive way of treating trigger points and retraining tissue to avoid the pain returning. We recommend several sessions to re-train trigger points and muscular patterns – just like going to the gym, it usually takes more than one time to see results, and each session builds on the session prior. Ready to schedule? Click here.

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