A trigger point is a painful region of muscle or connective tissue that is compressed. Pressing on a trigger point can produce referred pain and assist in determining the external location of the body causing the pain. Trigger points can also be a site from which pain spreads throughout the muscle and fascia, resulting in myofascial pain syndromes. Visit at Heshmat Pain Management Clinic in Palo Alto, CA, for the best treatment and service for your individual needs.
What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger points, often known as "knots," are painful spots in the fascia that surround the skeletal muscle. They are frequently related to musculoskeletal issues and can be felt as nodules in firmly contracted muscular bands. Trigger Points are the most prevalent source of discomfort that can radiate from a specific focus point into another adjacent area connected with a twitch reaction and are produced by stress, injury, strain, overuse, or poor posture. Trigger Points can also reduce an individual's range of motion due to pain, tightness, or stiffness of the afflicted muscle, and if compressed, can produce an autonomic response.
What Causes Trigger Points?
When a muscle is healthy, gliding between muscle fibers happens to contract and lengthen the muscle. But when stressors like physical or emotional trauma occur, the body tries to cope by containing the stress energy, resulting in muscle fibers clumping together and spasms, developing a trigger point. The trigger point restricts the flow of blood to that location, causing it to become increasingly irritating and painful when touched.
What Is Referred Pain?
Referred pain is pain that is felt in a location other than the one where it originated. Unfortunately, trigger points can induce referred pain, which may seem dull or achy in places nearby.
Trigger Point Treatment
A trigger point injection, in which our physician injects the trigger points with a particular solution to improve blood flow to the area and relax the afflicted muscle, is one method of treating trigger point pain. Osteopathic manual therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, massage, heat application, and acupressure are other treatment techniques. However, to determine which treatment is best for you, you should consult with our doctor who can provide an accurate evaluation and, based on your pain and symptoms, can provide you with the best comprehensive treatment approach while also identifying any other underlying issues that may be causing the trigger points.
Heshmat Pain Management Clinic, situated at 480 California Ave Suite 103 Palo Alto, CA 94306, provides excellent trigger point treatment. To schedule an appointment for any of your needs, please call (650) 470-0008.