Nanaimo Naturopathic Doctor

Trigger Point Injection Therapy

Acupuncture Injection Therapy (AIT) applies the injection of medications, vitamins and amino acids into traditional acu-points and other anatomical sites for the treatment of disease, alleviation of pain, prevention of illness, and the improvement of physiological function for athletic performance, age management, and aesthetics. Although classical acupuncture is several thousand years old, modern acupuncture injections began in China in the middle of the 20th century, rapidly developed in Europe during post WWII era, and today involves the integration of Eastern and Western approaches to medicine.

Trigger Point Injection Therapy was developed by Janet G. Travell, M.D. in the 1950’s after her strong interest in spinal manipulation in the 40’s, she shifted her focus to soft tissue therapy. By 1955, she had developed her trigger point (TrP) theory of pain, a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band of soft tissue that gives rise to refereed pain. Treatment is based on relieving muscle spasm with stretching and the injection of procaine, normal saline and more into trigger points.

There are many benefits to combining these two therapies together for the ultimate relief of chronic pain, faster healing time and overall well being. Over 70% of patients feel an immediate and long lasting relief of pain and symptoms after only 1 session of trigger point injections.

What to expect

A very thin needle is inserted in the acupuncture point, trigger point or irritated muscle band. A very small amount of a local anaesthetic (procaine), along with vitamins, amino acids and sodium chloride are injected. The tight muscle contracts and releases due to the needle stimulating the local area. The procaine in the injection acts as a painkiller which lessens post-injection soreness, helps to brake-up scar tissues and built-up adhesion. Procaine’s complex property is protected from the action of the enzymes in the blood and tissues. This protection gives the procaine enough time to be transferred into the cells of the body where it helps the cells rebuild, repair, and detoxify. The vitamins and amino acids work together with the procaine to bring fresh blood and help the formations of fresh red blood cells and tissues, thus relieving pain and creating an ideal environment for healing.

Minor discomfort in the form of muscle twitching or unpleasant sensation as the needle contacts the taught muscle may occur. (Similar to I.M.S. Some patients love this feeling.) Trigger points and their resulting pain can typically be resolved in 3-6 sessions. Soreness after the treatment anywhere from 2-48 hours is very common. The application of heat and gentle stretching should be done. A hot bath with Epsom salts is recommended. Avoid strenuous and over exercise for that period of time. Keep well hydrated.

If you have chronically tight, painful muscles or specific areas of pain on your body, chances are you have trigger points. If you suffer from an acute injury or chronic pain, sprains & strains, this powerful treatment modality can help you recover faster and reduce pain.

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