Trigger Point Stretches
Erin Mary Gray
Trigger points are small areas of tightly knotted muscle and connective tissue that cause localized and referred pain. By injecting anesthetic medicine into these points, the muscle can relax so patients can gently stretch the tissue back to normal length, bringing lasting pain relief. Trigger points are known to cause or contribute to headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, and many kinds of joint pain, mistakenly ascribed to arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis or ligament injury. Trigger point injections are an effective treatment modality for inactivating trigger points and providing prompt relief of symptoms from myofascial pain syndrome.
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These exercises can be done several times a day in conjunction with your treatment plan.
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Presentation and photos by Erin Mary Gray, Osteopathic Medical Student. 4th Year, Western University of Health Sciences COMP-NW, PMPproject, July 2015.
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