Chiropractic Trigger Point Therapy Explained 

A man reaches back and grabs his back from pain caused by a trigger point that he should consider receiving chiropractic trigger point therapy for.

Many people experience sudden pain or discomfort and are unable to pinpoint the origin. If it’s highly localized pain, tenderness, muscle stiffness, or referred pain, a trigger point may be the culprit.

Luckily, chiropractic trigger point therapy offers a holistic solution that immediately alleviates symptoms and provides long-term relief and prevention. In this article, we’ll explore trigger points and explain why you should consider seeking care from an experienced chiropractor if you are experiencing irritated trigger points.

What is Chiropractic Trigger Point Therapy?

Chiropractic trigger point therapy is a therapeutic, non-invasive approach to treating the pain and discomfort associated with trigger points. Trigger points are tight knots of bands of muscle fibers that form in muscles due to many factors, such as:

  • Overuse
  • Injury
  • Excess stress 
A diagram of a trigger point that shows normal muscle fibers and contracted knots in the fibers that cause pain.

When trigger points form, the muscle’s normal movement is impeded. Muscles have a typical pattern of contraction that can be interrupted by trigger points. These interruptions alter the muscle’s mechanics, leading to muscle pain, fatigue, weakness, imbalances, and altered joint movements.

Key Takeaway
Chiropractic trigger point therapy can be an effective option to obtain immediate and long-term relief from trigger points. However, chiropractors will usually focus on treating the underlying cause of the trigger points—such as postural abnormalities—to improve body mechanics and ensure that trigger points do not return.

Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who are musculoskeletal experts, which makes them perfect for diagnosing and treating trigger points. They seek to release this excess tightness and tension, which will lead to:

  • Improved circulation
  • Pain relief and relaxation
  • Improved range of motion
  • Improved overall muscle function

This is accomplished through chiropractic trigger point therapy, which involves various specific treatments such as:

  • Muscle Therapy
  • Manual Adjustments
  • Stretches and Exercise
  • Postural Correction
Chiropractic Trigger Point Therapies
Method Description Key Benefits
Muscle Therapy Tension is released by applying pressure to specific muscle and connective tissue (fascia) areas, and natural muscle contractions can resume.
  • Relieves tension on the trigger point as well as surrounding tissue
  • Provides immediate relief
  • Improves oxygen delivery and blood flow to muscles, which enhances contractions
Manual Adjustments Chiropractors use the hands or small instruments to gently apply force and pressure to the specific trigger points and surrounding joints to release tension and alleviate pain.
  • Directly targets trigger points
  • Provides immediate relief
  • Helps improve muscle function and mobility
  • Addresses underlying musculoskeletal issues 
  • Improves spinal alignment
Stretches and Exercise Chiropractors recommend and walk patients through exercises and stretches designed to help strengthen muscles, improve muscle function, and prevent redeveloping trigger points.
  • Reduces the risk of trigger point formation
  • Promotes enhanced musculoskeletal health
Postural Correction Chiropractors will utilize various methods in conjunction with one another to improve the spine’s natural curvature and restore proper posture. This will enhance the spine’s ability to provide stability and evenly distribute weight to muscles and connective tissue, significantly lessening the risk of trigger points developing.
  • Helps prevent trigger point development by balancing muscle use and reducing muscle overload
  • Lessens strain on connective tissues
  • Optimizes joint alignment
  • Improves overall musculoskeletal and bodily health

The Best Chiropractors Focus on Treating the Underlying Causes of Trigger Points 

It should be noted that when it comes to trigger points, there are often underlying causes. For example, the spine has an ideal natural curvature it needs to function, and imbalances in weight distribution from poor posture can impact the amount of stress specific muscles are under, which can cause trigger points to develop.

That’s why the best chiropractors will utilize chiropractic trigger point therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan designed to fix more significant issues, such as poor posture, pelvic tilt, and spinal misalignment, that can lead to the development of trigger points. 

It all starts with identifying the actual cause of your trigger points.

PostureWorks Goes Above Typical Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points can be frustratingly painful and make it difficult to navigate daily life, especially if they are recurring. 

The team at PostureWorks is dedicated to providing the best long-term solutions to residents of Lakewood, CO, and San Francisco, CA. We go beyond chiropractic trigger point therapy in isolation and focus on creating holistic, whole-body wellness treatments that use Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP) as the foundation. With CBP, we can analyze your medical history and perform an in-depth postural analysis to understand what’s causing your trigger points. We use that information to craft customized treatment plans incorporating specific treatments tailored to your needs. 

With PostureWorks, you can kiss those pesky trigger points goodbye for good. 

Contact us today to learn more about chiropractic trigger point therapy or to schedule your appointment with PostureWorks in Lakewood or San Francisco.

Chiropractic BioPhysics®, or CBP, is a deeply researched and results-oriented corrective care technique. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health and optimal function. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is conservative, painless, and non-invasive as with all chiropractic care.

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