Relief for Tight and Knotted Muscles
Trigger points are tight bands of skeletal muscle or muscle knots. They produce muscle pain and often the pain can travel to other areas of the body. They can be caused by muscle injuries, poor posture, or from joint injuries as the surrounding muscle tries to ‘protect’ the injured joint.
Trigger point pain can interupt sleep and overall quality of life, and may predispose athletes/active people to injury if they are not resolved. Over time, the spasmed muscle becomes deprived of blood and becomes even more irritated and damaged. Trigger points can be re-occur as the spasm causes pain, which in turn causes more spasm, and on and on. Trigger points may also manifest as tension headaches, ringing in the ears, TMJ (jaw) pain, decreased range of motion in the legs, and low back pain.
Injection with local anesthetic (lidocaine) has been found to be one of the most effective treatments to inactivate trigger points and provide prompt relief of pain. Trigger points can be quickly relieved by introducing a small needle into the center of the irritable muscle band; at this time a very small amount of a local anesthetic is injected. This process serves two purposes:
Relief is often immediate. Trigger points and their surrounding pain are typically resolved in 3-4 sessions.
Absolutely! Dr. Winton has found that if you combine Ozone injections (sometimes referred to as Prolozone) then the relief is more profound and lasts much longer. Often, we combine these trigger point injections with massage and a chiropractic adjustment and notice considerable relief!
Referred to Dr. Todd Winton for trigger point treatment to assist with the muscle spasms and headaches, he has helped in the attempt to bring me back to balance.
- Kim O’Quinn