Trigger Points are Discussed by Total Health Systems in Macomb County, MI

//Trigger Points are Discussed by Total Health Systems in Macomb County, MI

Trigger Points are Discussed by Total Health Systems in Macomb County, MI

Hello, I’m Dr. Joel Hessler, chiropractor here at Total Health Systems. Today I would like to take a moment to discuss trigger points, and the treatment of trigger points. Trigger points are described as a hyper irritable spot, located within a tight band of muscle. These tender spots are further classified as active or latent.

Active trigger points are felt on a regular basis and have a pain pattern that is familiar to you. Latent trigger points are not regularly noticed, but when irritated, they present with a pain pattern similar to active trigger points. Whether they are active or latent, trigger points indicate that there is muscle imbalance and dysfunction. This imbalance and dysfunction is most often the result of overuse or trauma.  Overuse is caused by repetitive or sustained motion performed while working or completing other tasks. Trigger points caused by trauma can be due to direct injuries to the muscle or it can be associated with muscle strain.

In addition to these causes, trigger points are also associated with certain pain syndromes, like fibromyalgia. No matter the cause of the trigger point, our focus is to address the underlying cause and not the symptoms. First, we address the muscle dysfunction. Treatment is focused on reducing spasm in the muscle caused by decreased blood and oxygen supply to the area. We then work to decrease muscle tone or tightness in the surrounding area, caused by splinting or guarding of the muscle.  Finally, we address muscular imbalance due to overuse or compensation caused by weakness.

If you or someone you know may benefit from trigger point massage therapy or if you would like to know more about treatment options, please stop by one of our locations for a consultation. Thank you.

Trigger Points are Discussed by Total Health Systems in Macomb County, MI

For more information please visit us at one of our locations in Chesterfield, Clinton Township, and Washington Township Michigan or online at totalhealthsystems.com

Trigger Points are Discussed by Total Health Systems in Macomb County, MI

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