Trigger Points in the movie The Curious Adventures of an Old Man is one of my favorite movie scenes. The story and acting are fantastic. The entire movie has this gritty kind of realism. But did you know that Trigger Point can be a benefit to your health? Let's discuss.
Trigger Points are hyperirritable, discrete, focal points located usually in a tight band of muscles just below the epidermis. They cause pain in localized areas and sometimes in an associated directed pattern and oftentimes accompanied by chronic muscular ailments. Trigger Points are often activated through stretching or other resistance. Trigger Point acupuncture has shown signs of potential benefit for these points.
Trigger Point therapy centers on trigger points located throughout the body. These areas are known to support healthy functioning, but they become dysfunctions when muscles become tense or are overstretched. It is not clear why poor posture and chronic muscle pain cause Trigger Point therapy, but trigger points are thought to contribute to pain by providing a feedback loop that encourages muscle contractions. The body's defense system kicks in and provides pain relief, at least during the initial acute stimulation. Longer periods of sustained stimulation may increase the probability of sensitization, which may increase the likelihood of oversensitivity and chronic muscle pain.
Trigger Point acupuncture is a very safe procedure that does not require the use of anesthesia. The acupuncture needle is only placed about 2 inches (5 centimeters) into the targeted muscle, at the point where the trigger points reside. A qualified and experienced physical therapist will guide you through the exact steps of stimulation and relief. The physical therapist will teach you how to move your arms and legs so that you can stretch and exercise the trigger points.
Trigger Point therapy can be used to treat a variety of chronic and acute pain conditions, including migraine headaches, whiplash, tennis elbow, joint and back pain, fibromyalgia, and phantom limb problems. Trigger Point therapy has also been successfully used to treat children with ADHD, chronic pain due to cancer or HIV/AIDS, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Trigger Point treatment for children with ADHD has been shown to be effective in reducing hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Some research indicates that Trigger Point acupuncture may be useful in the treatment of attention deficit disorder, depression, substance abuse and schizophrenia.
Trigger Point therapy is a safe, gentle, non-invasive procedure that can be used to treat a wide variety of symptoms without the use of medication or drugs. Trigger Point is an effective treatment for many types of pain and is especially effective for treating the post-operative period when symptoms may be the most intense. Trigger Point therapy is ideal for both short term and long term treatments, and is particularly useful in the treatment of sports injuries and phantom limb syndrome.