Trigger Point Therapy

Keystone Health & Wellness Center is an integrated medical practice located in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

As muscular imbalances occur, deposits of lactic acid and scar tissue develop in the muscle tissue preventing full range of motion. These deposits, otherwise known as trigger points, can be responsible for neck tension, muscle pain, headaches, restricted range of motion, and more. Trigger point therapy is a key component to muscle restoration as when the trigger point is injected with a mild saline and lidocaine solution to break up the scar tissue and lactic acid it results in a reduction of inflammation and improved range of motion.

Treating Musculoskeletal Conditions with Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger Point Therapy was pioneered by Dr. Janet G. Travell, M.D. who was the first non-military physician to ever treat a President for the United States. Her books, Travell, Simons & Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual provide an in-depth description on the formation and treatment of trigger points to provide pain relief. 

This treatment has been an integral part of our patient’s treatment plans in eliminating headaches, neck pain, back pain and more.  In order to hydrate the muscle and reduce inflammation, a saline and lidocaine solution is injected to the area of diseased muscle tissue. This injection reduces the inflammation in the area and helps break up the scar tissue, allowing for the muscle to respond easier. Trigger point therapy paired with physical therapy and chiropractic care allows for easier muscle re-education, which in return reduces the number of visits required for treatment.