One of the options for fibromyalgia treatment that had helped many people is the trigger point therapy. Sometimes this treatment method is also called as myofascial trigger point therapy or myotherapy and developed in the 1940’s.
This treatment is quite effective to lower the amount of pain from the sufferers. Trigger point therapy basically is one of massage technique that is used to treat the pain. Other than fibromyalgia, this treatment is also often used to treat injuries from accident, sports, repetitive strain injury (RSI) and other pain therapy.
This therapy using a pressure technique with the knuckles, finger or even using the elbows for bigger impact to a certain muscle tissue. The pressure is applied for 10 seconds and released. This technique will be repeated for several times. This technique will improve the muscles flexibility and blood circulation as well.
The purpose of this treatment is to relieve the dysfunction and pain in the affected areas of the body, which is called trigger point. With the improvement of blood circulation to the affected area, the oxygen and other elements such as nutrient, white blood cells and hormones can reach the target area to heal and regenerate the affected area much faster. This technique also will stimulate the release of endorphins. This hormone is a natural painkiller that is produce inside our body to reduce pain.
The targeted areas from the trigger point treatment are the areas that are affected by the pain. These areas usually are very sensitive, they will give painful sensation when touched, they also make the muscle become stiff, make become harder to move.
A trigger point area would give the sensation of having strong knot under the skin that is usually caused by stress, bad posture, injuries or disease like fibromyalgia.
Basically there are two types of trigger point:
Active trigger points – These points will cause pain when touched, but the pain does not spread to other body parts.
Latent trigger points – This is much worse than the active trigger points. It is because the pain is spread or causing pain at other body parts, such as neck pain where you feel pain in other part of your body when the neck’s trigger point is touched or pressed.
If the trigger points are not treated properly, the symptom will become much worse. At this point, the symptom is called satellite trigger points, which mean the pain has spread to many part of the body which is become more painful for the sufferers.
Trigger point treatment therapy has been proven to provide great help for people who have been suffering from fibromyalgia. This disease makes some part of the body become tender which is causing discomfort such as stiffness and the most annoying part is the pain.
Here are some of the benefit from the trigger point therapy for fibromyalgia sufferers:
Lowering the muscle stiffness
Increase flexibility and motion ability
Improve the healing process
Lowering the stress level, depression and anxiety
One important thing that should be remembered for people who are interested with this therapy treatment is that the trigger point therapy must be conducted by a qualified therapist who has proper experience in treating the fibromyalgia.
As you have known, there are various pain treatment options that available. In this post we will try to talk about some therapy options for pain treatment, especially for treatment which do not including the surgical procedure.
These therapy treatments have been proofed to be safe and quite effective in fighting against pain. But, one thing that should be remembers all the time that these treatments must be performed by a trained and experienced practitioner to make sure its safety and effectiveness.
In this post we will talk about the trigger point therapy, acupuncture and also the prolotherapy.
Trigger Point therapy
This therapy often used for acute pain, especially if the pain symptom is at early stage when there is inflammation in certain body part such as joint irritation, sports injuries, falling, and strained, knotted or pulled muscles.
When such injuries happen usually people will apply a heating pad or iced bag to the area where it is hurt and sometime also combined by taking Ibuprofen or Tylenol. For first aid, this action could provide good solution, but it is still only give temporary relief.
In the trigger point therapy, the doctor will inject medicine into the injured tissues to heal the inflammation or irritation. This procedure will help people to heal their injuries much faster. So, this treatment often used for the acute pains. We will talked about this therapy further on the next post.
Surely many people have heard this therapy treatment. It has become one of the famous alternative treatments in the world. This therapy is come from ancient Chinese technique, and now is often used to give treatment for people who suffered from pain.
This treatment is performed by inserting tiny sterile needles in certain point of the patient’s body without using any other tools, medication or drugs. It said that the needles will stimulate certain nerve to improve the circulation of life energy or chi inside the patient’s body which will improve the self-healing and regeneration process inside the patient’s body.
The acupuncture therapy had been used to treat some pain such as costochondritis, neuritis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, back or joint pain, facial pain, headaches and many other pains.
This therapy is often used to treat the tendon pain and chronic ligament such as stretched, strained or even slight torn ligament which is often happen at the joint. This therapy mostly used for large joints like knee, shoulder, back and neck.
The treatment is performed by using a series of injections deliberately to make sterile inflammation at the tendons and ligaments. The inflammation will stimulate the growth of new ligaments. This procedure will improve the joint’s strength and eliminate or reduce the pain symptom.
Pain is a big problem that come with 4 little letters. But fortunately, there are some effective treatments that available to handle the pain. There are various incidents that can cause pain, but it can also come out of the blue. The pain symptom could come and go or worse where the pain stay for what it’s like eternity. The symptom could vary from light pain to the excruciating.
The biggest problem in pain management to controlling the pain is to determine the right method for treatment. Just like the various cause of the pain, there are also various methods that can be used for pain treatment.
But unfortunately from all of those treatments, there are only few treatments that can provide effective result, safe and reliable. And one of the thing that should be remember that each treatment can give vary result from one person to another.
Therefore it is important for every doctor to decide which treatment that is suit to their patient, knowing about the patient condition such as how long that the patient had the pain and it will be better if the physician can determine the cause of their patient pain.
Basically, pain can be categorized into two types, which is acute or chronic pain.
Acute pain: This type of pain usually caused by an injury that is happen when performing an activity like hand or leg injury, muscle, joint or bone injury or any other injury. Acute injuries can be happen in short terms around 6 weeks or less.
Chronic pain: Mostly happen due to the overusing certain part of the body when performing a task or activity. This type of pain can last for longer than 6 weeks.
After all the aspects of pain is can be identified such as the type, the caused and the duration, then the doctor can choose the suitable treatment plan for the patient. At some point the doctor can choose whether the patient need surgery operation for severe case, medication treatment, therapy treatment or combination from all of the option that available according to the patient’s needs.
Many people want to avoid themselves from getting the joint pain or arthritis. Unfortunately most of those people only want to do it in the easy way. The truth is, one of the easiest method to prevent the joint pain is as simple as performing a regular exercise schedule. Regular exercise can also help to improve the condition of people who are suffering from joint pain and reduce the symptom.
But, there are still many people who reluctant to do it and searching for an excuse to avoiding this physical activity such as being too busy and do not have time to spare for working out or being too exhausted and do not have energy for exercising.
Well, then again it is depend on your true determination and mindset whether you are really want to prevent or reduce from having pain in your joint or not. But if you do want to avoid from the annoying pain, then it is time to find a way to make regular exercise as part of your healthy life.
For start, here are some simple things that people can perform to avoid from the joint pain and improve your condition;
Walking or low impact exercise – Performing these light exercise regularly for at least three times a week can make great improvement for your joints. For people who already have joint pain, it will be better to perform light exercise to prevent further injury and aggravate their joint pain. If there is any doubt, people can check with their physician to find the right exercise program that is suit to their condition.
Reducing weight – Too much weight can make your joint condition become much worse. The weight will give extra pressure on your joints, especially the leg joints when you are walking. That joint will receive big stress and can slowly damage the joint’s cartilages which can lead to joint pain.
Muscle stretching – But, when performing stretching you must not bounce it. This is to prevent the muscle getting pulled from the stretching movement. The safest way to performing stretching is when you reach the maximum point, you must not bounce it to increase the stretching movement, but you should maintain the condition for about 15 to 20 seconds. After that, return to the normal position then relax and repeat the movement for 3 or 5 times.
It will be better to perform stretching before doing any workout, such as walking and jogging. It is also a good idea to perform stretching every day. Ask your physician to get a recommendation on the right stretching method for your condition to help you with your body condition and the goal that you want to achieve in preventing and reducing the joint, back or any other pain.
Other than bringing benefit for your joint, you need to remember that performing exercise schedule regularly will help to improve your overall health too. So, what are you waiting for? Stop making excuses and spare some of your time to begin exercising right now!