What Are Trigger Points?
Tigger points cause pain more often than any other condition, are drastically under-diagnosed due to lack of information. Trigger points are specific, hyperirritable and hypersensitive areas in muscle that suffer from decreased circulation, increased contraction and spasm. Lack of circulation creates a high anomaly of toxins and increased nerve sensitivity that can range from low ache to sharp pain. Now just because the trigger point causes the pain does not mean that the spot is painful itself. When the pain causing spot is painful it is called a primary trigger point. However, pain can also manifest itself in areas away from the active trigger point - such pain is called referred pain.
Causes of Trigger Point Pain
Tender trigger points typically develop from lack of stretching or improper stretching but can also be caused from stress/trauma, repetitive motion or even poor posture. Other common causes are:
- sitting without firm back support (slumped posture)
- prolonged sitting in a chair without armrests, or armrests that are too high, or too low (leaning to one side)
- cradling a phone between ear and shoulder
- large breasts
- one leg shorter than the other
- typing on a keyboard that is too high
- prolonged improper sleeping position
- playing a violin
- overly tight bra straps
- carrying a purse (prolonged hiking up of the shoulder)
- head-forward posture
- walking with a cane that is too long
Reduced circulation in trigger points will eventually lead to muscle shortening and restricted movement which further accentuates the pain, thus completing a cycle of decreased mobility and further pain. This commonly becomes the underlying cause of chronic headache pain, and the patient will continue to suffer from these until the problem trigger points are treated directly.
How Can you Treat Trigger Points?
Mild Trigger Points can be addressed sometimes through massage and some sufferers maintain that acupuncture treats these problems as well, though it is not accepted by many medical institutions. However, permanent removal of chronic trigger points and conditions caused by this (headaches, lack of flexibility in shoulders and neck, upper back pain, etc.) typically requires treatment using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy and/or Therapeutic Ultrasound. Both treatments are widely accepted modalities, that until quite recently, have been available only through treatment by a specialist (chiropractor, physical therapist or a physician). We are very happy to provide both the Inferno Wrap™ line of products and premium quality Therapeutic Ultrasound Devices, so you can treat your trigger points at home at a time that is convenient to you!
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