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The term “trigger points” or “muscle knots” is common parlance of massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors alike. But what are they, and why do they keep recurring in the exact same place?

Trigger points are an area of muscle contraction and an accumulation of muscle byproducts. They

Back view of a man and his trigger points. Anatomy muscles. 3d rendering<br /> Myofascial trigger points, are described as hyperirritable spots in the fascia surrounding skeletal muscle. Palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers

typically occur in an area where a muscle is overactive.  This is the result of that muscle trying to do too much work, overuse.  It can also be the muscles attempt at protective an underlying injury, so it stays constantly activated.  Muscles, at times, stay activated in an effort to protect your body from injuring itself further (protective tension).

These painful areas of muscle contraction are never the root cause of a problem. They are always the secondary condition, or a result of, a bigger problem.  If we were to only treat the knots in the muscle without addressing the underlying issue, we would never get any better.  If we did feel better, it wouldn’t last for very long.  Without addressing the bigger problem these pesky things will simply reoccur.  Put it this way, if you hired a plumber to fix your leaky pipe under your sink and all they did was mop up the water, you still have a leaky pipe, right?  Only now you still have a leaky pipe AND a Bill!

Our diagnostic protocols and treatments are designed to identify the underlying cause of your pain.  Treatment of the underlying cause allows the muscles knots to relax on their own. Don’t settle for the same old treatment that will only help you feel better for a couple hours or days, only to have it quickly return.  Be rid of those annoying, painful trigger points!  Get to the root of the problem today.

To schedule an appointment with Elma chiropractors Drs. Zelasko and McCrea, call our office at (716) 677-5525.

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