Pain then radiates from this point throughout the surrounding soft tisse, causing myofascial pain and muscular dysfunction. Often this pain is referred to other parts of the body, even disparate parts which may seem entirely unconnected to the epicenter, which means that a physical examination is necessary to determine the origin of the pain. There are two types of trigger points: latent and active. It may surprise you to learn that we are often walking around with several latent trigger points; it is only when they become active that they start to cause pain and dysfunction. Trigger points in athletes most often occur in the following muscles:
Because they cause pain in other parts of the body, a primary goal of our practic at Community Chiropracitc & Acupuncture is to locate and deactivate trigger points using acupuncture. How does this work? Read on.
Once a trigger point is located, we use thin needles to release them. This has been found to be one of the most effective ways of treating trigger point related pain and dysfunction. By deactivating the trigger point, we restore normal function to the muscle and reduce referred pain in other parts of the body. Athletes benefit from dry needle trigger point therapy in the following ways:
If you are interested in using acupuncture for trigger point pain, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.