Nearly 50% of American adults are living with chronic musculoskeletal pain. This type of pain is common, but it can be difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat effectively.
Trigger point therapy is a nonsurgical, drug-free type of alternative medicine for musculoskeletal pain. It’s focused on improving chronic pain by releasing muscle tension throughout your body with massage therapy, injections, or dry-needling techniques.
Trigger points are areas in your musculoskeletal system that are extremely sensitive. Muscle fibers in these areas hold tension and suffer damage over time, causing referred pain throughout your body.
These spots are easy to identify because they hurt when you press on them. Trigger point therapy can work to relieve chronic pain in some people because it helps release the tension.
Our team at Bryn Medical includes experts in innovative medicine and pain management. We offer trigger point therapy to relieve musculoskeletal pain without drugs or surgery. This flexible therapy can help manage numerous common pain conditions — and it could be right for you if:
You have chronic back pain
Back pain affects men and women of all ages. It can range from mild discomfort to disabling pain, and causes of back pain vary greatly. Finding something that’s effective for your back pain can take trial and error.
Some people find that trigger point therapy is an effective option to manage chronic back pain.
Trigger point therapy is focused on pressing and releasing areas of tension across your back. It works out muscle knots and improves range of motion, which can help reduce painful sensations in your back.
You’re living with fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain. The cause of fibromyalgia isn’t clear, but it’s linked to changes in the way your brain processes pain signals. People with fibromyalgia are also more likely to experience fatigue, tension headaches, and brain fog.
If you have fibromyalgia, the areas around your neck, shoulders, hips, and lower back can be very sensitive. Trigger point therapy works these sensitive areas to help limit pain. People with fibromyalgia may experience less pain and improved range of motion with the help of trigger point therapy.
You suffer headaches
Migraines and tension headaches can make it feel like there’s a tight band of pain around your head. Chronic headaches can significantly impact your quality of life, and the trigger points around your head, neck, or shoulders can contribute to chronic headache pain.
If you regularly get migraines or tension-type headaches, trigger point therapy could help relieve your pain. Trigger point therapy can be used for immediate relief of headache pain or as a preventive therapy to reduce the number of headaches you experience.
You have plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a leading cause of heel pain. It can develop when the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot — called the plantar fascia — gets inflamed. Plantar fasciitis generally feels like sharp, stabbing pain when you walk, particularly when you first wake up in the morning.
Trigger point therapy for plantar fasciitis is focused on trigger points in your calf muscle and along the bottom of your foot. When tension is released in your leg and foot, plantar fascia inflammation can decrease, leading to less pain with walking.
Musculoskeletal pain can manifest in a variety of ways, but trigger point therapy is a customizable option to help you live a life with less pain. If you’re curious about the benefits of trigger point therapy for your pain, call us today at our Chattanooga, Tennessee, office or book online for a free consultation.