Is Your Pain Caused by Trigger Points? 

 Do you have persistent pain in an area with no known cause? You may have one or more trigger points. A trigger point is a knot in the muscle caused by an injury or by a repetitive motion which elicits pain locally and/or distally which may inhibit your range of motion.   

In the clinic the most common causes of trigger points are from not stretching daily, sleeping wrong, or from past injuries.  I use several techniques to release problematic trigger points. I can use acupuncture which is great for reducing inflammation, increasing blood flow to the area, and decreasing pain. I then use tuina and shiatsu to manually work out the trigger points which release nicely after the area has been needled.  I can also use a trigger point needling technique (also referred to as dry needling) where a needle penetrates the trigger point and then is stimulated to cause muscle twitches which then causes the trigger point to release. If pain is really severe, I can also administer a homeopathic pain injection which will reduce pain immediately, reduce inflammation, and help accelerate the healing process.  Homeopathic pain injections are worth a try because they offer immediate results, are safe for adults and children alike, and side effects are rare. According to American Institute of Homeopathy website, “Homeopathic medicines are prepared through a series of dilutions, at each step of which there is a vigorous agitation... until there is no detectable chemical substance left...the higher the dilution... the more potent the homeopathic remedy.  Thereby is achieved the minimum dose which... has the maximum therapeutic effect with the fewest side effects.  In fact, Homeopathy has an enviable centuries old history of safety in use of its potentized oral medicines among patients of all ages, including babies, children, pregnant and nursing women, and senior citizens.” (homeopathyusa.org) 

If you have muscular pain that will not go away come in for a treatment and we will find the best way to reduce your pain. When trigger points are released expect an increased range of motion immediately, but then there may be some soreness from where the trigger point was release for one to two days after. Once the trigger points are released, patients are advised to start a regular stretching routine to prevent the reformation of trigger points to remain pain free.