Trigger Point Therapy
NIVA Health provides Trigger Point Therapy to relieve chronic pain. Trigger Point Injections are helpful to everyone experiencing acute (new) onset or chronic (long-term) pain and release the triggers. It’s a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Many times, such knots can be felt under the skin. Trigger points may irritate the nerves around them and cause referred pain, or pain that is felt in another part of the body. The goal of Trigger Point Therapy is to help relieve not only aching muscles and pain, but to help the body to heal the underlying condition causing the pain.
What is Trigger Point?
Trigger points are small areas of contracted muscle fibers that are unable to relax. They create knots or tight bands of muscle that are painful and tender to palpation. Active triggers cause local and/or referred pain, while inactive triggers do not. Triggers are actuated with muscle injury or irritability.
What are the common uses of Trigger Point Therapy?
Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) is used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. In addition, Trigger Point Therapy is used to relieve Neuropathy, Joint Pain, Compensation Pain Patterns, Tension Headaches, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Osteoarthritis.
What is injected into the Trigger Point?
NIVA Health believes in providing our community the ability to “Live Your Best Life”. Therefore, we provide several options to fit each individual patient’s need for pain relief including Wharton’s Jelly, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), and/or Lidocaine, or Saline.
What to expect during Trigger Point Therapy
Our healthcare provider will identify trigger points through assessment, and palpation. Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) is performed with a very small needle that contains a local anesthetic or saline. With this therapy, the contracted muscle fibers of the trigger points are made inactive and the pain is alleviated. Trigger Point Therapy is an outpatient service that is provided in the office. A brief course of treatment will result in sustained relief. Several sites may be treated in one visit and this treatment requires no downtime. You will be placed in a comfortable, relaxed position while our provider performs the Trigger Point Therapy (TPT) through palpation, or guided ultrasound. Guided Ultrasound requires a bit more time and may be used at the providers discretion for exact placement, reference points, and safety.
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