Myofascial trigger points are painful, tender areas in the muscle tissue. If you have ever experienced a trigger point, you know that the pain can persist even after the massage, foam rolling, or other treatments. Trigger points typically occur in locations of the body that are distant from the actual source of injury, which makes treating them tricky. At Integrated Spine & Disc here in Mandeville, LA, we have the expert knowledge to help treat and eliminate trigger points. We customize Myofascial Stretching programs for our patients.
The mystery of myofascial trigger points lies in the connected structure of the fascia. Fascia refers to the many layers of connective tissue that surround the muscle and extend down to the bone. A trigger point is a “knot” of bound-up fascia that occurs anywhere along this pathway. Imagine, for example, that the top of your neck and the heel of your foot are two ends of a string. If you pull on one end, the other end will shorten. So, tightness in the neck can actually contribute to triggering points in the foot. A foot massage, while providing some temporary relief, won’t solve foot pain permanently if the problem originates in the neck. To illustrate the point, notice how your chiropractor checks your feet and leg length before delivering an adjustment to your neck.
Here at Integrated Spine & Disc in Mandeville, LA, we take a two-step approach. Myofascial trigger points are understandably painful, so we treat your discomfort with a variety of tools such as heat and electronic muscle stimulation (ESTIM). This process is known as relief care. Many of our patients have myofascial trigger points in the muscle tissue surrounding the spine, and our priority is to help release those knots and to relieve muscle spasms. Although you’ll start feeling better right away, our job is only partly done.
Active care consists of special exercises and fascial stretches to prevent the recurrence of myofascial trigger points. If you want to solve your back pain for good, you must treat the entire fascial chain with targeted exercise. At Integrated Spine & Disc, we work with the body as a whole, which is why we combine chiropractic adjustments with active therapy. Our complete system is what distinguishes us from the more traditional forms of chiropractic care.
Myofascial trigger points are a sign that something in the body is out of balance. The longer the body is left out of balance, the more stubborn it can be to treat. Even children can have painful trigger points that can be corrected easily if they are caught early. Our goal is for your family to be as healthy and happy as possible. Book a visit for yourself and your loved ones at Integrated Spine & Disc in Mandeville, LA, and we’ll help get you on the path to healing.