Living with Myofascial Trigger Points

November 24, 2014

Many people suffer from muscle knots and sensitive areas called “myofascial trigger points.” These tight areas within the muscle tissue can cause pain to radiate to other parts of the body. Fortunately, there are several techniques and therapies that can reduce the pain of myofascial trigger points and improve your overall health.

What are Trigger Points?

Trigger points are isolated spasms that affect only a small area of the muscle tissue. They are extremely common and can become a painful part of your everyday life if not treated properly. They are a result of biomechanical overload on the muscle, stimulants, emotional stress, or possibly from nutritional deficiencies. When pressure is applied to the point, pain may be felt on an adjacent area which is called referred pain.

Treatment for Trigger Points

If you are suffering from trigger points, our experts at Ogden Chiropractic can help reduce the pain you are feeling with specific trigger point massage therapy. This type of treatment includes applying pressure using a finger or thumb with a small but frequent dose of kneading strokes. Trigger point techniques are used in addition to other massage techniques to create the most effective relief. Through the use of isolated pressure a significant decrease in pain can be achieved caused by a release of the contracted muscle.

Ways to Achieve Lasting Recovery

There are several things you can do that will help you achieve a long lasting recovery. Make sure you are easy on your muscles and realize when you are pushing yourself too hard. Consider implementing a program of certain stretching and relaxing techniques such as yoga or meditation. In addition, ensure you’re getting a balanced diet.

At Ogden Chiropractic, we diagnose and treat trigger points on a regular basis and know they can cause pain and discomfort. Receiving massage therapy and chiropractic care will aid in your recovery process as well as maintain your overall health.

For more information on myofascial trigger points, call Ogden Chiropractic Center today at (801)337-1657!

 

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