Trigger Point Therapy

Introduction Video

Treatment Approaches:

The most effective treatment approaches that we offer in our office includes the following:

st george chiropractor trigger points  Acupuncture
st george chiropractor trigger points  Spray and Stretch
st george chiropractor trigger points  Myofascial Release
st george chiropractor trigger points  Acuscope / Myopulse
st george chiropractor trigger points  Homeopathic Injectable Medications

In several instances, Dr. Hardy will combine the above treatments to give you the quickest and best results possible.

For additional information and pain referral patterns, please read the following information below:

Trigger Point Classification: chiropractic physician

Trigger Points are described in various ways according to location, tenderness and

The 6 different types of trigger points are descibed below:

Primary (or Central) Trigger Points:
These are the most well-established when they are active, and are usually what people refer to when they talk about trigger points.

The primary trigger points always exist in the center of the muscle belly.

Secondary (or Satellite) Trigger Points:
Secondary trigger points may be created as a response to the central trigger point in neighbouring muscles that lie within the referred pain zone.

Diffuse Trigger Points:
Trigger points can sometimes occur where multiple secondary trigger points exist secondary to multiple primary trigger points.

Latent (or Inactive) Trigger Points:
This applies to lumps and nodules that feel like trigger points.

These can develop anywhere in the body; and are often secondary.

However these trigger points are not painful, and do not elicit a referred pain pathway.

Active Trigger Points:
This can apply to primary and secondary trigger points.

This trigger point is both tender to palpation and elicits a referred pain pattern.

Trigger Point Symptoms and Referred Pain Patterns:
Pain is a complex symptom experienced differently and individually.

However, referred pain is the defining symptom of a myofascial trigger point.

You may be used to the idea of referred pain of a visceral origin; an example of this is heart pain.

A heart attack is often not experienced as crushing chest pain, but as pain in the left arm and hand, and in the left jaw.

Referred pain from a myofascial trigger point is somewhat different.

It is a distinct and discreet pattern or map of pain.

This map is consistent and stimulating an active trigger point generates either
part or all of the entire map of pain.

Patients describe referred pain in this map as having a deep, aching quality; movement may sometimes exacerbate symptoms, making the pain sharper.

An example of this might me a headache. The patient often describes a pattern of pain, or ache, which can sometimes be aggravated and made sharper by moving the head and neck.