Trigger Points Rob Our Physical, Emotional and Mental Health
Although trigger points cannot be diagnosed by a currently available laboratory test or imaging technique, nor are they apparent on the usual routine medical examination, and they require special skill and training in what to look for and how to examine for diagnostic findings, a simpler approach might work wonders to speed the acceptance of this well-documented medical concept and more quickly eliminate the current epidemic of undertreated pain.
Raising consciousness about any health condition is necessary in order to make changing for good last.
"Trigger points are activated directly by acute [recent] overload, overwork fatigue, direct impact trauma, and by radiculopathy [nerve impingement]. [They] can be activated indirectly by other existing trigger points (TrPs), visceral [internal organs]disease, arthritic joints, joint dysfunctions and by emotional distress. Satellite TrPs are prone to develop in muscles that lie within the pain reference zone of key myofascial TrPs, or within the zone of pain referred from a diseased viscus [internal organ], such as the pain of myocardial infarction,[heart attack] peptic ulcer, cholelithiasis [gallstones] or renal colic [kidney stone pain]. A perpetuating factor increases the likelihood of overload stress converting a latent TrP to an active TrP."
We are robbed of our health daily because a lack of agreement among medical professionals keeps important information from being taught in medical schools. Even though the scientific process safeguards us from shoddy practices, there is sufficient information available to develop a symptomatic treatment for this problem, an approach used throughout mainstream medicine that does not require definitive diagnosis.
Pain has three components: sensory, emotional and cognitive. Once you have enough pain, your choices are seriously compromised. "Of the ten leading causes of illness and death in the U.S., seven could be greatly reduced if the following lifestyle habits were modified – alcohol abuse, lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking, and unhealthy maladaptive responses to stress and tension. Dr Julius B. Richmond, MD, US Surgeon General 1979. Most of these 10 leading causes are driven by pain and trying to cope with it.
We believe it is inevitable that we age poorly because medicine currently favors technology, and pharmaceuticals, and is driven by insurance management of costs, which limits the time spent with patients, but worse, because our physicians don't mention the possibility of this medical concept, we think it doesn't exist, and there isn't a simpler solution.
"Important advances in modern medicine are often not glamorous and frequently go unheralded. For example, public health initiatives that saved many lives in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries include sanitation, immunization and provisions to ensure clean, healthy food. If you consider the advances that make news, such as heart transplantation, you find that they are often necessary because of an illness which could have been prevented and was the result of a lifetime of unhealthy behaviors. Current priorities in health care are shifting because we recognize the implications of the unhealthy lifestyle behaviors which are so common in our country. The challenge for the twenty-first century is to help individuals to change these longstanding, detrimental lifestyle behaviors.Herbert Benson, MD in The Wellness Book: The comprehensive guide to maintaining health and treating stress-related illness 1993, Herbert Benson, M.D. and Eileen M. Stuart, R.N.
Trigger points respond positively to self care; you can self treat them using
muscle energy technique,
contract relax, post-isometric relaxation and the use of trigger point tools to work in conjunction with your pain map. If you read this and these methods are not yet linked to other pages detailing how to do them, please E-mail or call for a free one hour session that teaches you how to use them for your particular problem.
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