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Trigger Points / Trigger Point Therapy

Postby *Lisa* » Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:44 am

Trigger points can be a main issue within fibro people. I for one suffer badly with this and have trigger point therapy so i have put this information up for people. I have put this in Living with Fibromyalgia so Facebook users can see this.


TRIGGER POINTS ARE TINY KNOTS THAT DEVELOP IN A MUSCLE WHEN IT IS INJURED OR OVERWORKED. COMMONLY A CAUSE OF MOST JOINT PAIN, THEY ARE KNOWN TO CAUSE HEADACHES, NECK AND JAW PAIN, LOW BACK PAIN, TENNIS ELBOW, AND CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME.



Based on the discoveries of Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons in which they found the causal relationship between chronic pain and its source, myofascial trigger point therapy is used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points of referred pain and through stretching exercises. These points are defined as localized areas in which the muscle and connective tissue are highly sensitive to pain when compressed. Pressure on these points can send referred pain to other specific parts of the body.



Trigger Point Therapy can relieve muscular aches and pains in association with these areas. It can also assist with the redevelopment of muscles and/or restore motion to joints. Trigger Point Performance products are specifically designed to support the massage associated with Trigger Point Therapy. Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Trigger point researchers believe that palpable nodules are small contraction knots and a common cause of pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle entirely contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction.



These trigger point charts show specific areas that have been identified as trigger points and typical trigger point referral patterns. By strengthening, toning, and massaging these areas, flexibility and strength that has been lost can potentially be regained.


THERE ARE SIX MAJOR AREAS OF THE BODY THAT WE FEEL ARE KEY PLAYERS IN THE HUMAN BIOMECHANICAL CHAIN. WE CALL THIS "ULTIMATE 6" AND WE BUILD UPON THIS FOUNDATION BY TARGETING THESE SPECIFIC AREAS RESULTING IN EVEN GREATER EFFICIENCY OF MOVEMENT.

1.Soleus
2.Quadriceps
3.Iliotibial (IT) Band
4.Psoas
5.Piriformis
6.Pectorals

The trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Practitioners claim to have identified reliable referred pain patterns, allowing practitioners to associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere. Many chiropractors and massage therapists find the model useful in practice, but the medical community at large has not embraced trigger point therapy. Although trigger points do appear to be an observable phenomenon with defined properties, there is a lack of a consistent methodology for diagnosing trigger points and a dearth of theory explaining how trigger points arise and why they produce specific referred pain patterns.
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Re: Trigger Points / Trigger Point Therapy

Postby whoami » Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:52 pm

We have a Dr here that operates a pain clinic. He has been suffering from fibromyalgia for years.

Dr.Westacott has been offering trigger point injections for over 25 years. The medication goes directly into the trigger points. The treatment itself can be excruciating but for some the injections give enough long term relief that to them it is worth the added pain.
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Re: Trigger Points / Trigger Point Therapy

Postby fibro-lu » Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:06 pm

questions :?:
the points for Trigger Point Injections and the points for acupuncture needles are they the same?
what is in these injections?
anyone any ideas?
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Re: Trigger Points / Trigger Point Therapy

Postby whoami » Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:32 pm

Fibro-lu.......the injections I got were an anesthetic , lidocaine I am sure.

Sometimes cortisone is also given.

Believe it or not, sometimes just a dry needle is used, no meds

In Canada, I am sure only an anesthesiologist can give these injections. Dr Westacott is one. He said there is no way he could hold down a job if he could not choose his time working and that his job is so physically undemanding. He is an excellent Dr.


As far as the acupunture goes I have not had it but yes dry needles are placed into trigger points. At least that is how it was explained to me. I did not have them because I had already done needles with Dr Westacott
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Re: Trigger Points / Trigger Point Therapy

Postby *Lisa* » Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:07 pm

I personaly would never opt for trigger point injections. The hands on therapy is very painfull and intense but its very beneficial for short term as with everything it dont last for long.
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