The term “trigger point” is common parlance of massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors alike. But what is a trigger point, and why do they keep recurring in the exact same place?
Trigger points are an area of muscle contraction and an accumulation of muscle byproducts. They typically occur in an area where a muscle is overactive. This is either because that muscle is trying to do too much work, or it’s constantly activated in an effort to protect your body from injuring itself further (protective tension).
Trigger points are never the root cause of a problem. They are always the secondary condition; a result of something deeper going on. If we were to only treat the trigger points without addressing the underlying issue, we would never actually get any better, or at least not for very long. The trigger point will simply reoccur. If you hired a plumber to fix your leaky pipe under your sink and mops up the water underneath it, you still have a leaky pipe, and now you have a bill on top of that!
Our diagnostic protocols and treatments are designed to identify the underlying cause of your trigger point. Treatment of the underlying cause allows the trigger points to reduce on their own. Don’t settle for the same old treatment that will reduce a trigger point for a few days, only to have it quickly return. Get to the root of the problem today, and be rid of those annoying, painful trigger points!
To schedule an appointment with Orchard Park chiropractor Dr. Zelasko, call our office at (716) 677-5525.