If mild pressure to sensitive points in your body causes pain in your muscles – or even in seemingly unrelated parts of your body – you might have myofascial pain syndrome treatable with trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy relieves pain originating in myofascia, the layer of loose but strong connective tissue that surrounds and covers all of your bones and muscles. Illness, injury and advancing age can damage myofascial tissue in a way that causes pain and dysfunction in trigger points, which are areas of hypersensitivity in the myofascial tissues of your muscles.
Trigger point therapy works by inserting a needle into the myofascial layers to stimulate nerves and deactivate the trigger point. While the treatment might sound painful at first, trigger point therapy actually relieves chronic or acute pain quickly, safely and effectively. Best of all, this therapy does not include dangerous drugs.
About Trigger Points
Trigger points occur in predictable patterns across bands of muscle tissue. They occur only in muscle and can cause small areas of muscle tissue to contract in a way that pulls on tendons, ligaments, and nearby muscle tissue to result in pain. Researchers have mapped and studied more than 620 of these trigger points, making trigger point therapy accurate and effective.
There are three main types of trigger points – active, latent, and satellite. An active trigger point causes pain, even when you are at rest. A latent trigger point does not hurt until someone touches it. Latent trigger points can also cause referred pain, and the subsequent development of trigger points, in other parts of the body. A satellite trigger point refers to trigger points that develop as the result of referred pain.
A number of factors can set off these trigger points, including muscle overload, disease, trauma, stress, and activation by another trigger. Fortunately, trigger point therapy can deactivate these painful areas of myofascial tissue to reduce pain, increase movement, restore muscle length and strength.
Trigger Point Therapy
When administering trigger point therapy, a therapist inserts a needle into a particular point on a muscle to stimulate the nerve.
While acupuncture and trigger point therapy seem similar because both use needles, there are subtle differences between the ancient art of acupuncture and the relatively new technology of trigger point therapy. Specifically, trigger point therapy treats only pain originating from the myofascial layers of your muscles.
In contrast, acupuncture treats a variety of conditions occurring everywhere else in your body. Acupuncture can treat pain originating deep inside muscles and connective tissue, and can even treat more complex conditions affecting your body.
NJ Spine and Wellness incorporates trigger point therapy into our existing acupuncture practice. We think you will agree that trigger point therapy compliments our physical therapy, massage therapy, and standard chiropractic treatments to relieve your pain and improve the quality of your life. We have three locations in Freehold, Matawan and Old Bridge New Jersey for your convenience.