Trigger points and physical therapy

A trigger point can be defined as a taut band of skeletal muscles located within a large band of muscle such as in the tricep and bicep. Trigger points are sensitive to touch and can cause pain to distant parts of the bodies

Patients may suffer from regional sharp pain which can affect the range of motion of the muscle

Massage techniques, spray, stretches and injections are a few techniques to decrease the trigger points

What Are Trigger Points?

A trigger point under your skin just feels like a marble or a knot. When you press the trigger point you may not feel any pain or discomfort but sometimes trigger points become very painful and sensitive and can result in a lot of discomforts because of pain.

If you even have once in a lifetime Charley horse in the muscle then you can understand how bad a knot pain can feel. In Charlie horse, your entire muscle goes into a painful spasm and you can treat it by gently elongating and stretching the muscles but in trigger knot, there are multiple small Charlie horses in your muscle which can limit your muscular mobility and can give you waves of intense pain.

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

If your trigger point pain gets intense then you may seek out help from a physical therapist for trigger point therapy. the trigger point therapy doesn’t focus on eliminating your trigger points but it focuses on learning different strategies to help manage painful trigger points of the body

Proper treatment for muscle knots is specifically helpful to manage the pain and determine the underlying causes that are making the muscle knots painful

There are several different physical therapy treatments for trigger points some of the treatments may include

  • ¬†Exercises to change the posture of your body and also how your body moves
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation
  • Dry needling and cupping therapy
  • Manual therapy
  • Myofascial release techniques and trigger point therapy is also helpful for muscle knots and trigger pain
    Consult your therapists

Myofascial release techniques and trigger points therapy is really helpful for treating your muscle knots and trigger points it is thought to help in proper alignment of the fascia surrounding your muscles this can also help to improve the circulation and analyze the movement of your muscles this technique is performed by your physical therapist in it mostly trigger points are pressed and pressure is maintained on top of the trigger points of your muscles. this can cut the circulation of the tissue temporally the cutting of circulation releases a chemical known as nitric oxide which signals the body to open micro capillaries increasing the blood flow and breaking the pain-spasm-pain-cycle.
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