The Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy

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When it comes to pain, the trigger point is one of the most common types experienced. Known as “muscle knots,” these stress points are sensitive areas in the muscle that leads to stiffness and aching. When the affected area becomes stimulated, one of three things can happen – radiating pain, tingling, or numbness. If you’re experiencing this type of pain, then trigger point therapy may be the best form of relief for you. But why this type of therapy, you ask?

  1. Trigger point therapy involves the work of expert hands. If you’re trying to alleviate the pain yourself, the best outcome is your pain is relieved. The worst case scenario is that the area could become more painful. If the trigger points are overworked, irritation and/or discomfort can occur, causing even more pain. However, therapists know how to handle trigger points properly. They can pinpoint exactly where the trigger point is located and use different methods of breaking down the “knot(s).”
  2. Trigger point therapy focuses on what is often overlooked. Many mistake trigger point pain as a symptom of some other issue. Visit your local chiropractor to see if you’re experiencing trigger point pain. Chances are this is what you’re experiencing rather than something more serious.
  3. Trigger point therapy detoxifies the body. “Muscle knots” are typically polluted tissues, this is caused by lactic acid buildup. During trigger point therapy, the buildup will be broken down, sending all of the toxins out of the area and into the bloodstream. After therapy, you may be told to take Epsom salt baths and/or drink plenty of water so the toxins are flushed out of your body. It’s important to stay hydrated during this time.
  4. Trigger point therapy doesn’t involve medicine. Managing pain without the help of medication is often the safest form of pain relief. Pain medications, when taken on a frequent basis, can be dangerous to the body and ultimately masks the pain rather than soothing it.