What are Trigger Points?
A simple definition is “a highly irritable localized spot of exquisite tenderness in a nodule in a palpable taut band of muscle tissue.” -Travell and Simons (Davies and Davies Chap2 pg19).
A trigger point is not the same thing as a muscle spasm. A spasm involves a violent contraction of the entire muscle. A trigger point is a contraction in only a small part. A spasm can usually be relaxed in a matter of minutes. For physiological reasons, trigger points don’t release or give up that easily.
At Alberta Laser Rehabilitation Centre, in many cases we combine Laser Therapy and Trigger Point release to help our patients conditions. Often times, patients don’t realize the “hidden pain” they have. But once the therapist touch and locate the trigger points, patients are surprised of how those trigger points contributes to their pain. In some cases, combining the release of trigger points and laser therapy promote faster healing for some specific conditions.
At ALRC, we find that specific muscles contributes to the myofascial pain of the patient , whether it’s arthritis, degenerative disc disease, bursitis, plantar fasciitis and many inflammatory conditions. Common example is a radiating pain towards down to your leg could be caused by a muscle from your gluteal/buttocks area, or a pain at the anterior part of your shoulder could be cause by a muscle located at the back of your shoulder. To understand and get informed about your aches and pains, book your assessment with one of our certified laser therapists and start to get helped and Get Your Life Back.