Most of us are no strangers to muscle pain and stiffness, and because of this, most of us are aware of the many treatment options used to address chronic muscle tension. One therapy that is not as well known but gaining in popularity is trigger-point injections (TPIs).
Trigger points (often referred to as muscle knots) are localized, hyperirritable areas within muscle tissue that generally develop from microtrauma or repetitive movement. Many times they are the result of long standing postural abnormalities, such as #techneck. The result, is a tuat, tense band of muscle. Often felt under the skin, the knots may cause focal pain and irritate the nerves around them, causing referred pain elsewhere in the body. Trigger points also manifest as tension headaches, temporomandibular (TMJ) pain, and affect postural muscles in the low back, neck, shoulders. Trigger-point injection (TPI) inactivate trigger points and can provide prompt relief. They are also helpful in helping your body to break the #musclememory cycle.
HOW IT WORKS:
In a TPI, a solution of local anesthetic, and if indicated, a combination of saline and/or homeopathic injectable (Traumeel, Sarapin), is injected into the trigger point to relax the intense muscle spasm and break the pain cycle. Blood flow is restored to the area, flushing out irritating metabolites (bi-products that produced within cells).
TPIs are used to treat many muscle groups, especially those in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck. It can also be used to treat fibromyalgia, migraines and tension headaches, temporal mandibular dysfunction (#tmj), reduce #stiffness and to ease myofascial pain (chronic pain in the tissue surrounding muscle) that does not respond to other treatments.
TPI is not recommended for applications over open wounds. Also, if a patient is allergic to particular anesthetics, care must be taken to inject an anesthetic that will not cause an allergic reaction.
Once the areas of muscle tenderness have been palpated and identified, the treatment solution is injected into the trigger point using a small needle, similar in size to an acupuncture needle. Several muscles may be injected in one visit depending on your presentation. Injections usually take just a few minutes and may cause twitching or mild pain lasting from a few seconds to a few minutes. One may experience some tenderness at the site of the injection as the local anesthetic wears off. #Chiropractic treatments and #wholebodyvibrationtherapy are performed after TPI treatments. The frequency of the injections is commonly 1 times per week for 8-12 weeks, and then monthly as a maintenance treatment.
Trigger-point injection can effectively inactivate trigger points and provide prompt, symptomatic relief, and break the chronic pain pattern associated with tense muscle. Because of this, TPI complements and improves the outcome of other concomitant therapies such as massage and chiropractic programs. If you want to know more information about TPI injections, give us a call to schedule your complimentary 15-minute consultation and find out how you can benefit! (631) 647-8324