Do you suffer from debilitating back pain if you bend over or are in agony when you are seated for longer than 15 minutes? Do normal tasks suddenly make you cringe after only a few minutes, seemingly without cause? You may have trigger points causing back pain.

Although some who have back pain suffer due to structural factors such as pinched nerves, herniated disks, or arthritic degeneration, not all back pain is a result of these conditions.

If you have ever had a massage, you might recall that the massage therapist told you that you had a muscle knot in your back. As soon as she began rubbing the affected area, and asked you to breathe into it, you felt the knot loosen, and the muscles began to relax.

These muscle knots, known as trigger points, are caused by a spasm in your muscle—just like you may occasionally get a cramp in your calf muscle and feel a need to massage it until it loosens up. The National Institutes of Health states that muscle overuse and direct trauma to the muscle can lead to these trigger points.

The good news is that trigger points are highly treatable.  Experts say that trigger points tend to emerge most often in the muscles of the lower back and hips.  Maybe your posture needs to improve, or perhaps you need to get more exercise: walking, swimming, an aerobics class, or weight training.

Referred pain travels to other locations

One hallmark of trigger points is something called “referred” pain when the trigger point sends its pain to other places in the body.  For example, if you have a pain in your buttocks you may not realize that the trigger point is actually in your lower back, and the pain has migrated to the buttocks.

If you have pain, tightness or restriction of certain movements, you probably are experiencing the effects of a trigger point.  Trigger point symptoms can be as diverse as dizziness, earaches, nausea, heartburn or numbness in your hands and feet.  You can also get a headache, or neck and jaw pain or other joint pain from a trigger point.

How to treat trigger points

Regular massage helps keep trigger points at bay, but the best way to loosen up existing trigger points is through physical therapy or Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustments. It may take several sessions before the trigger points are loosened.

Trigger point therapy works because a medical professional applies deep, sustained pressure to the knotted-up area.  Eventually, your body will undergo soft tissue release. This will permit increased blood flow, the spasm will reduce, and it will help remove any build-up of toxic metabolic waste.

CBP procedures return balance inside of your body. When your body is in balance, your own internal healing can proceed well. Having routine CBP adjustments helps maintain your best health. You brush your teeth every day, your spine is no less important! In fact, your brain and spine are infinitely more significant than any other part of your body.

At Pivotal Health Physical Medicine we believe that education is a big part of our patients’ success. On your first visit we will do a head to toe examination, history, consultation, x-rays if necessary, and verify your insurance for you. On your second visit with us we will outline exactly what is causing your problem, how long it will take to correct your problem, and what your insurance covers and what it does not cover. If you are qualified and have been accepted as a patient, we will begin care at that same appointment. Let us help you start the path toward healing! Call today at 941-697-3001.