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Hello All,

I would like to address a topic that has come up a lot over the last week.  

Trigger Points.  What are they? Why are they? and How can Joint Effort Chiropractic help?

Trigger points or muscle knots are areas of hypersensitive soft tissue.  These areas are often expressed as a painful nodule or band of muscle.  Your doctor or therapists finds these points manually via palpation of the muscle.  Palpation of these points reproduces the patient's pain and symptoms.  These areas of sensitivity are often separated into two categories.  Active and Latent.  Active trigger points are tender to the touch and radiate or refer pain to other locations of the body, often along neurological paths.  Latent trigger points are often tender to the touch, but they do not refer pain.

Doctors and therapists do not often agree as to the actual cause of trigger points.  Through experience, I can tell you that poor posture, repetitive stress (both physical and psychological), and poor nutrition all make you more prone to trigger point.  These issues result in local contraction of the individual muscle fibers.  In turn this contraction pulls on muscle and eventually ligaments and tendons.  This presents as a decrease in range of motion, weakness, and tenderness.

There are various methods for treating trigger points.

  • Ischemic Compression- Deep pressure
  • Massage
  • Electrostimulation
  • Dry Needling- Acupuncture 
  • Mechanical Vibration
  • Injection- ouch!
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization - IASTM
  • Application of Kinesio Tape

There are many more treatments that are used, but these are some of the more common.  I put the options available at Joint Effort Chiropractic in bold.

IASTM is a very effective procedure involving the use of hand tools to strip the muscle and cause irritation to the sight.  While that doesn't sound desirable, it results in healing and resorption of unwanted scar and collagen tissue.  

Kinesio Tape is a flexible tape, that when applied properly by a trained professional, results in the inhibition of tight muscle as well as sensory input that relaxes the irritated area.

For more information on trigger point therapy or our techniques, please contact us at 432-336-8860 or email to info@fsjointeffort.com

Thank you for your time,

Dr. Eric Fierro, D.C.

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