Trigger points, or muscle “knots,” can be a major source of both local and referred pain, including chronic headaches and neck pain. At Dynamic Integrative Health, the doctors and the staff use targeted trigger point injections to provide welcome relief for patients throughout the Fresno, California, region.
Muscles are composed of bundles of strong fibers that help the body remain strong and flexible throughout a wide range of motions and activities. Sometimes, though, specific areas of muscle tissue can become irritated, inflamed or damaged, often due to overuse or strain. When this irritation or damage is not addressed, a tight knot or “trigger point” can form. Trigger points can be very sensitive to touch, and they can also cause painful symptoms that occur elsewhere in areas served by the muscle. In addition to overuse injuries, trigger points can also occur following slip-and-fall accidents or car accidents, from carrying heavy loads like backpacks or briefcases, from having poor posture, or from standing or sitting for long periods of time. The tension created by trigger points can often pull the body out of its normal alignment, resulting in widespread symptoms.
Trigger points usually cause significant deep pain in the immediate area where the trigger point is located, but they can also cause other symptoms, including:
Trigger point injections use special solutions of anesthetics and anti-inflammatory medications to help trigger points relax so normal healing can take place. Injections typically are administered in multiple sessions over several weeks to ensure the area is fully healed. For maximum results and long-term healing, injections are usually combined with other types of therapeutic care, including deep tissue massage, rehabilitation therapy, chiropractic adjustments and lifestyle changes to promote better overall health.
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