Trigger Point Therapy

Dr. Adams has established himself as a top chiropractor in Dallas. What sets him apart is the fact that he’s also a family nurse practitioner, which allows him to provide innovative treatments that integrate the holistic techniques of a chiropractor along with medical services. His patients receive both the benefits of holistic chiropractic care and access to medical treatments and any needed prescriptions. Pain relief is one area that Dr. Adams has found great success with, including the pain and stiffness that come with trigger points.

Also called knots or knotted muscles, myofascial trigger points can form anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found in the back and neck, near the trapezius, between the shoulder blades, and down throughout the latissimus dorsi. These bumps in the muscle are unusually painful when pressure is applied to them, and they often spasm when they have been tensed for too long. Active trigger points are painful even without touch, while latent trigger points only hurt when touched.

Trigger points frequently cause referred pain, which is pain that is felt somewhere other than the immediate trigger point. When pressed, trigger points can radiate pain to nearby muscles. They can also cause painful tension headaches and even feelings of nausea.

How Trigger Points Form

Trigger points are developed when muscle fibers and the underlying fascia stay tense for prolonged periods of time. Muscle tension from stress is a common culprit, as is poor posture. Unfortunately, modern workplaces are the origin of many myofascial trigger points. Sitting in front of a computer screen with the head tilted forward, slumped shoulders, and inadequate stretching and movement for hours on end are a recipe for painfully knotted muscles.

A sedentary lifestyle is another risk factor for developing trigger points. So is a diet deficient in certain nutrients. Old injuries often lead to muscle knots and spasms, and athletes and workers could develop trigger points from repeated motions.

 

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is an integrated strategy for loosening up and eliminating trigger points. This effective therapy includes:

  • The gentle but increasingly firm application of resistance causes the muscle fibers to elongate and relax, allowing the painful trigger point to subside.
  • Deep Tissue Massage. This massage technique applies direct pressure to the knot and uses firm, slow motions to encourage it to loosen up.
  • Chiropractic Adjustment. Sometimes a spinal misalignment can pull muscles out of place, leading to pain and spasms over time. Dr. Adams can treat the root cause of this pain by manually realigning your spine.
  • Trigger Point Injections. As a licensed nurse practitioner, Dr. Adams can inject local anesthesia or a muscle relaxer into especially stubborn knots to get them to release their tension. These injections are used to enhance the results of stretching and massage.

Contact Us

Progressive Integrated Healthcare
7557 Rambler Rd
Suite 110
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: (972) 587-7246

Open Hours

Monday:
8:00AM to 12:30pm
3:00PM to 6:30PM

Tuesday:
8:00AM to 12:30pm
3:00PM to 6:30PM

Wednesday:
8:00AM to 12:30pm
3:00PM to 6:30PM

Thursday:
8:00AM to 12:30pm
3:00PM to 6:30PM

Friday:
8:00AM to 12:30PM
2:00PM to 5:00PM

Conveniently Located

Trigger Point Prevention

There are some steps you can take to keep trigger points from forming. Most importantly, use good posture when sitting and standing. If you work on a computer, keep your head, back and shoulders straight while you type. Keep your back pressed against the back of your chair and the bottoms of your feet flat on the floor. Don’t bend your neck to look down at your screen; just move your eyes.

Regular movement is another key prevention strategy. Be sure to get up and move for a few minutes every hour. Dr. Adams can recommend stretches and exercises you can do to keep your muscles strong and relaxed.

Finally, pay attention to the quality of your diet and your sleep. Vitamin deficiencies and sleep deprivation will negatively affect many areas of your life, and they contribute to trigger points as well. If you’re having trouble in either of these areas, Dr. Adams will be happy to give you advice for improvement.

 

Call Progressive Integrated Healthcare Today

Dr. Adams is an experienced chiropractor with a medical background, which is a unique qualification found only here in our Dallas office. He is currently accepting new patients of all ages. To schedule a consultation and get a treatment plan for your myofascial trigger points, call our scheduling office at (972) 587-7246 or fill out our online form today. You shouldn’t have to spend another day in pain!