Trigger Points

If you have tight, tender bundles of tissue causing micro cramps and serious muscle pain after vigorous workout or repetitive activity, Functional Health Center may be able to help. We use Shockwave therapy as an alternative to injections to loosen up extremely tight, sore spots and provide you with relief and a return to function. Call the office or book your appointment online today.

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What are trigger points?

Trigger points are focal areas of pain that are made up of tight bands of muscular tissue. The points cause localized pain which may inhibit activities of daily living.

The muscles are often bound so tight, they cut off their own blood supply. Waste products build-up, irritating the associated sensory nerves and causing additional pain. The affected muscles are persistently painful and may experience dysfunction. You may have a reduced range of motion and an inability to do simple activities.

Where do trigger points occur?

Trigger points can show up in almost any part of the body, especially those that support your posture. Areas that are most commonly affected include the:

  • Neck
  • Low back
  • Shoulders
  • Pelvic girdle

Trigger points can also cause tension headaches, reduced range of motion in the legs, ringing in the ears, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain.

What causes trigger point pain?

Trigger points are often caused by stress or a musculoskeletal disorder. You may also develop them due to:

  • Repetitive movement
  • Sports injury
  • Prolonged poor posture
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Joint problems
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Vitamin deficiencies

Something as simple as always holding your phone between your ear and shoulder or prolonged bending over a table may be responsible.

How are trigger points treated?

Functional Health Center offers regenerative therapy by utilizing the innovative technology of shockwave therapy.  Shockwave therapy delivers acoustic waves to promote blood circulation, breaking of microplaque and promoting healing regeneration and repair of soft tissue as well as significant pain relief to the affected area.

If you have trigger points of localized pain that compromise your daily activity, call Functional Health Center or schedule an appointment today to learn about how we can help.