Trigger Point Injection Therapy
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
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.
- Heather LearnRegistered Acupuncturist