Trigger Points are small nodules that can be felt in tight or spasmed muscles and are often a common cause of pain and muscle weakness either locally or to a distant area. Manual pressure over a trigger point will often cause local tenderness, a brief local twitch response and possible referred pain to other areas of the body.
Trigger points can be caused by numerous factors such as muscle overuse, trauma such as a whiplash, poor postural habits, stress, poor diet, smoking, etc.
In addition to chiropractic treatment, Dr. Floro applies mild manual pressure on the trigger points for up to 10 seconds. This will release and relax tight or spasmed muscles, reduce pain and will overall improve flexibility, muscle strength, muscle balance and coordination and will also speed the recovery process.
Trigger point therapy is one of the top rated methods for whiplash injuries and was researched extensively by Dr. Janet Travell M.D. in the early 1940's. She published over 40 papers on trigger points and was so successful in treating former US President John F. Kennedy's back pain that she was asked to be the first female personal physician to the president.