Between the skin and muscles there is a thin layer of soft tissue called fascia. When the fascia is stressed from overuse or trauma it can tear and adhear together. These adhesions are called “Trigger Points” and decrease muscle flexibility and contractibility. That in turn leads to an increase in muscle stiffness and tenderness, a decrease in range-of-motion and pain. The imbalance created by Trigger Points can go as far as create deformities in posture, such as ribcage twist, a difference in shoulder height, and pelvic torsions. Moreover, they can lead to injury.
The only way to treat Trigger Points is by breaking them down so that the muscle can rebuild with fresh and “clean” muscle fibers. We use Shockwave Therapy in our clinical setting to help break down Trigger Points, and results can be seen in as little as 5 minutes.
Shockwave Therapy is proven to deliver results when treating Trigger Points 3 times as fast when compared to conventional treatments.
What causes Trigger Points?
- muscle weakness and/or imbalance
How do you know you have them?
Most people have Trigger Points on between their shoulder blades, as they sit on a chair 8 hours a day in front of a computer. Muscles fatigue and quickly build up adhesions. You might have felt “knots” on your back which felt like peas when pressed on. Those are Trigger Points.
Sports enthusiasts are known for building Trigger Points due to extensive training. Runners usually have them in their calves and IT band, for instance. Swimmers will build some around the rotator cuff muscles. Muscle usage in general will often lead to Trigger Points, and if left untreated they often lead to injuries.
The main signs of Trigger Points are:
- “knots” or “pea-like” spots on muscles
- local pain and/or tenderness
- muscle stiffness and lack of flexibility