Have you ever experienced a small but persistent pain in your neck or back? You might have referred to this as a “knot.” Surprisingly, you weren’t very far off what it actually is. These knots that you are experiencing are referred to as trigger points by back specialists, which mean small knots or injuries within your muscle groups that are causing you pain. Though you may try to rub them out yourself, these tiny injuries can grow to be a much bigger problem, causing headaches or even further damage to other muscles and tendons trying to support them.
Trigger points are hyperirritable spots that tend to flare up when you overuse certain muscles, accidentally cause a strain, or overextend yourself during your daily routine or while working out. These painful spots can then radiate out to the rest of the muscle group, causing soreness and aches. Practitioners of trigger point therapy, much like reflexologists, have mapped and pinpointed these specific points on the body, and claim that by stimulation of these specific points, it is easier to relax the muscle groups.
Along with other non-surgical and alternative therapies, trigger point therapy can be extremely helpful in dealing with chronic muscle pain symptoms. When used as part of a 360-degree holistic therapy plan, many patients have felt relief from their pain symptoms and enjoyed a new sense of mobility. One of the ways you can investigate therapies such as this is to visit a back pain specialist that offers multiple therapeutic sessions under one roof, such as Integrated Spine & Sports. By working with the specialists, you can tailor a unique plan to help with your back and spinal problems.