Have you been in pain recently, maybe it's in your shoulders and when you feel the muscles there is an unwelcome knot? This may be causing you severe pain, it may be painless, but you find your range of motion is limited.
Muscles are imperative to your body function. They make up fifty percent of their weight and you will be shocked to know there are approximately four hundred muscles in your body, all of which can develop trigger points at any time. You do not have to do any strenuous exercise in order for trigger points to develop.
Trigger points are responsible for referral pain and causing unwelcome dysfunction. You may find yourself in sheer agony or you may simply notice restriction in movement. If you are in pain, this is called “active,” but if your pain is limited but movement is restricted, this is called “latent.”
These are knots or tight bands which are tender to the touch. A healthy muscle should be smooth without any tighter bands or knots, when the muscle should be pliable and soft. When you have trigger points, your muscle does not relax and using it is difficult because it is already contracted.
What you may not realize is that while you may be experiencing pain in your shoulder, for example, the pain may not be stemming from there. Trigger points are known to produce local or referred pain, which means the pain you are experiencing should be coming from the muscles along your spine or higher up in your neck.
Ignoring the symptoms and the pain is only going to make matters worse. Over time the muscle will develop scar tissue, even though you have not experienced a significant injury. This means a longer healing time and longer time in pain.
When you start experiencing muscular problems it's advisable to find a reputable clinic that provides trigger point massage. You may already notice that applying applying pressure on the trigger point you feel some form of relief, but this is short lived. A specializing therapist will be able to identify the problem area and provide effective solutions to help you reduce the pain and start your road to recovery.
There are a number of factors that will play a role in how long you will take to recovery when under trigger trigger point massage. Anti-inflammatories may be able to provide some relief, but the muscle needs to be worked and reduced over time, eliminating the contract and giving you the enjoyment of being pain free.
The sooner you seek attention the better it is going to be in the long run. Trigger points are very common, but this does not mean that you should just accept them and move on with your life. Without proper treatment, the contracting will take a long time to heal itself, which can leave you with agonizing pain for a long period.
The therapist will identify the problem after completing a thorough medical examination. They will ask you when the problem first presented itself, the pain you are experiencing and the general location of the pain. They will get you to do a few small exercises to identify range of movement and see how you are being affected.
Once the therapist has identified the problem area, they will carry out trigger point massage, which is working the muscle affected to provide it with relief and help it relax, in turn giving you relief from pain and helping you enjoy your range of motion again moving forward.