With 10% of the U.S. population suffering from pain disorders, educating yourself about causes and treatments of pain may help you deal with pain management. Trigger points are a common cause of back pain and neck pain, and a more pain-free life may come from understanding what these points do and how chiropractic treatments can help.
Causes and Symptoms
Trigger points cause pain in two ways. In some cases, the muscle hurts exactly where the trigger point is located. The trigger point will hurt when compressed and will cause pain from movement at the trigger site and in the surrounding muscle. This response could range from dull aches to intense pain that causes dizziness. However, trigger points can also cause referred pain. For example, a trigger point in your neck may cause headaches instead of neck pain. Because of referred pain, trigger points can be difficult to find and are often misdiagnosed as other conditions. Your body can also have latent trigger points, which can last for years with occasional symptoms that are only prompted by certain conditions, such as illness or injury.
Luckily, trigger points can be managed with consistent treatment. Recurrence is common, so establishing a relationship with a good chiropractor who knows your trigger points and referred pains will allow you to receive the most effective care. Several techniques effectively treat trigger points, including acupuncture and massage. Discussing the furniture you use, any repetitive motions you make at work, and your posture with your health professional can also allow you to identify problems and develop methods for minimizing trigger points.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of trigger points, an appointment with Rejuvenate Chiropractic Spa in Corona is an excellent first step to solving the pain problem. One of our chiropractors can help you decide which treatment, such as acupuncture or massage, will help you manage your trigger points and prevent them from recurring. For more information on Rejuvenate Chiropractic Spa, call (951) 279-8900.