Trigger Point & Manual Therapy At Chiropractic Specialty Center®

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CSC's Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy or Manual Therapy refers to treating the myofascial trigger points found in fascia and muscles. Myofascial trigger points are the tense and painful areas found in tissues. They can be found on virtually any part of the body and are among the leading causes of chronic musculoskeletal pain, referred to as myofascial pain.

CSC's physiotherapists use advanced methods of manual physical therapy to help reduce and eliminate trigger points through a hands-on system of care that competing centers don't use. 

CSC's trigger point therapy aims to reduce tensions and increase blood flow to damaged muscles and soft tissues for faster healing and recovery. However, trigger point therapy as a stand-alone care method is limited unless enriched with therapies and treatments that repair cellular damage through laser therapy and shockwave therapy. 

Trigger point therapy at CSC from CSC's certified physiotherapists gives lasting relief. 

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Where Do Trigger Points & Manual Therapy Come From?

If the muscles sense that they are at risk of being stretched out too far too fast, they usually contract to protect themselves. If the contractions lead to a cycle of muscle spasms, trigger points may develop. Trigger points may cause oxygen and blood to be either reduced or cut off to the area affected, which leads to metabolic problems.

Trigger points might sound like a severe problem, but you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that they are quite common. Many people usually experience trigger point pain that results from accidents, sports injuries, poor posture, repetitive actions, surgical scars, and even some vitamin deficiencies.

Chiropractic Specialty Center® incorporates manual therapy programs as part of the care we provide for the spine, joints, or sports injury patient. Targeted manual therapy or trigger points provided by our clinical teams of corrective chiropractors and clinical physiotherapists are the best in Malaysia. We can help you recover faster.

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Pain Vs. Myofascial Trigger Points

Myofascial trigger points are one of the leading causes of musculoskeletal pain, as stated above. However, their prominent role in the management of pain was not known for a long time. This is probably because trigger points are not necessarily painful other than after the application of direct pressure.

Myofascial trigger points typically refer to pain elsewhere in remote or adjacent areas. The pain’s origin and the area where it manifests can be different. For instance, low back pain could be related to abdominal muscle trigger points, while a headache could be related to neck muscle trigger points. Referred pain is the identifying characteristic of myofascial trigger points. The term “Trigger Point” is derived because it refers to one area triggering pain in another area.

Another good example is knee pain. Knee pain patients will have referred pain to the thighs or leg and, as such, need manual therapy to release the trigger points. CSC center's knee pain treatment includes manual therapy of the trigger points and therapy through advanced chiropractic methods.  

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Treatment Of Trigger Points Through Manual Therapy

Manual therapy of trigger points is treated using a variety of methods. Manual therapy, myofascial release therapy, or a combination of both techniques have shown to be highly effective. 

CSC's manual therapy methods involve the specific manipulations of the muscles, fascia, and connective tissues, while myofascial release therapy focuses on relieving muscle tightness and shortness.

Chiropractic Specialty Center® physiotherapists use a combination of all methods for greater relief from neuromusculoskeletal (muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, spine, spinal discs, and nervous) pain or injuries.

Contact CSC today to learn more about your manual methods of physical therapy and how they can help your life to the fullest! 

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Myofascial Release Therapy Is A Form Of Manual Therapy

Myofascial Release Therapy focuses on easing tightness and tension in the myofascial trigger points to reduce pain. However, it isn’t always easy to identify the trigger point responsible for the pain. It can be incredibly challenging to localize pain to a particular trigger point. Due to this reason, Myofascial Release Therapy is used over a broad area of tissue and muscle as opposed to single locations.

Myofascial release therapy at CSC starts after our clinical team has fully assessed you. To recover and maximize a therapy session, it has to be focused and targeted on the areas in most need of help.

A targeted therapy session enhances the recovery rate and complements the effects of other procedures rendered in our centers. Myofascial release works best when combined with machine rendered forms of physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment

manual therapy to cure myofascial pain point

How Does Myofascial Release Therapy Work?

As mentioned earlier, the Chiropractic Specialty Center® incorporates the deferring types of manual muscle, and soft tissue works into one category called manual therapy. Manual therapy as provided at our center is inclusive of Myofascial Release. Myofascial Release Therapy is used to address several symptoms and conditions. Patients often seek myofascial treatment after losing function or flexibility following an injury or experiencing ongoing shoulder, back, hip pain, or pain in any area with soft tissue. Myofascial release treatments usually take place during massage therapy sessions.

The therapist massages the myofascial gently while feeling tightened or thickened areas. Normal myofascial feels elastic and pliable. The therapist starts to stretch and massage any areas that feel rigid with light pressure. The therapist then aids the tissues as well as the supportive sheath to release tightness and stress. The process is then repeated severally on the trigger points until the tension is ultimately released. 

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Who Provides Myofascial Release Therapy?

Many different health professionals offer Myofascial Release Therapy or Manual Therapy, including appropriately trained massage therapists, occupational/physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, sports injury/medicine specialists, and even traditional medicine practitioners. Specific courses and training in Myofascial Release Therapy are generally needed and extended to achieve a high competency level. The best myofascial release treatments are those provided by chiropractors and physiotherapists who understand nerves and soft tissues' function.

Our clinical teams incorporate myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and specific stretching programs to complement other therapy procedures. In short, we get better results. 

manual therapy for soft tissue therapy of the upper back and shoulder

Supplementary Treatments with Hands-On Soft Tissue Therapy

Manual Therapy or hands-on soft tissue therapy can be a compliment and precursor to other treatments. Patients that seek this form of therapy can also benefit from other forms of nonsurgical care geared towards controlling pain and keeping joints and muscles loose and warm.

Myofascial Release Therapy can be used to treat other conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, slipped disc, scoliosis, sciatica, spondylosis, neck pain, back pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (jaw pain or TMD), migraines, headaches, and possibly even fibromyalgia. It can also assist or enhance other treatments to improve their effectiveness, such as physiotherapy and chiropractic treatments. 

Trigger point and myofascial point in manual therapy

How Does Work?

Manual therapy or trigger point techniques are of different types. Some techniques focus directly on the taut band and trigger point, while others are myofascial release techniques that affect a larger area of the muscle and its fascia.

Manual therapy that focuses directly on the trigger point and taut band involve locating the trigger points, presses on them with firm pressure using fingertips, and holding them for several seconds. Our physiotherapist may repeat this in case the initial pressure fails to relieve the pain. 

Once the taut band/trigger point softens and the pain reduces, the therapist may stretch the muscle, thus restoring the muscle fiber's proper length. Manual therapy is used to reduce muscle tension, spasms, and pain caused by trigger points.

How To Prepare For Trigger Point Therapy

To maximize the effectiveness of your manual therapy, it is advisable to wear comfortable clothing. It is always advisable to keep your body well hydrated before, during, and after treatment. Water is essential in helping the body heal properly.

Manual Therapy performed by female chiropractor

What Can You Expect from Treatment?

Our physiotherapist will apply gentle pressure on the trigger points to allow them to relax and release, thus breaking the cycle of spasms. You may experience some soreness at the trigger point while the pressure is applied for several seconds. However, the soreness soon reduces after the pressure is released, and the area's pain will start to subside. 

The therapist may work on the same trigger point several times in one session. The therapist knows the exact amount of pressure and the duration to use based on the feedback from the muscles and your verbal feedback. Manual therapy is not the same as a relaxing massage. It can be somewhat uncomfortable at times. However, it is worth remembering that it will resolve the underlying condition responsible for the pain. Manual therapy sessions usually end with stretching muscles to promote relaxation.

Manual Trigger Point Therapy

It is a manual technique for treating myofascial trigger points. It involves the use of strong manual pressure and can be somewhat uncomfortable for the patient. However, at our center we avoid pain. In short, your trigger point therapy or myofascial release is not painful. No pain means more Gain!

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