TRIGGER POINT THERAPY

Sports Acupuncture utilizing techniques including trigger point therapy is a strategy supporting rapid rehabilitation from injury, injury prevention, and an effective modality for long term body maintenance.  Using acupuncture to address trigger points is effective for a wide variety of muscular/facial conditions.

  • What is a trigger point? Trigger points are irritable, hard “knots” or small contractions within a muscle that may cause pain over a large area.  They are the primary cause of pain in roughly 75 percent of the time and involved in almost every pain problem.
  • How do trigger points create pain and numbness? Trigger points are injuries which maintain a hard contraction on the muscle fibers and their attachments. The tight muscle is therefore tight and weak, and continuing use of the injured muscle may result in tendonitis/inflammation and pain at the attachment and insertion points of the affected muscle. Constant tension of the muscle may restrict blood and nerve flow creating numbness and pain distal to the injured muscle and nearby areas.

The following is a partial list of some of the most common muscular conditions acupuncture can help with.  If you do not see a specific condition identified below or have more questions, give me a call.

 

Categories and associated common issues:

  • Head and Neck Pain
    • Headache/Migraine
    • Whiplash
    • Jaw (TMJ) and Face Pain
  • Shoulder, Upper Back, and Upper Arm Pain
    • Frozen Shoulder
    • Rotator Cuff  Injury
  • Elbow, Forearm, and Hand Pain
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Thumb Pain
    • Trigger Finger
    • Tennis Elbow
    • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Chest and Abdominal Pain
    • Swimmer’s Shoulder
    • Abdominal Stitches
    • Incontinence (women)
  • Mid and Low back, and Buttock Pain
    • Disk Herniation
    • Sciatica
    • Scoliosis
  • Hip, Thigh, and Knee Pain
    • Hip Flexure Tightness
    • Chronic Hamstring Tightness
    • Knee Pain
  • Lower Leg, Ankle, and Foot Pain
    • Shin Splints
    • Ankle Sprain/Weak Ankles
    • Plantar Fasciitis