Chiropractor - Pittsburgh, PA

Trigger Point Therapy

Do you have back, neck, shoulder, or other types of muscle pain? If so, it’s possible it may be caused by a trigger point.

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What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is a musculoskeletal injury caused by overuse, structural misalignment, sports injuries, car accidents, or even things as simple as improper posture or sleeping with your neck in the wrong position. If you are experiencing pain and stiffness, the affected area is sensitive to the touch, and it feels like you have a knot in your muscle, you have found a trigger point.

Once a trigger point forms, it can reduce range of motion and cause imbalances in the muscles, which affects the joints. It also causes muscle tissue to spasm, or contract, which leads to pain both in the immediate area, and radiating outward to other parts of the body. For example, when there is a trigger point in the neck, it often leads to head pain as well.

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Finding Relief from Pain

While trigger points are common ailments, having to live with the pain shouldn’t be your normal. Here at Simmons Chiropractic, our goal is to relax these trigger points so you can live a healthy, pain-free life. 

When you visit our office in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Chiropractor Dr. Dave Simmons will perform an assessment to learn where your trigger points are located. Then, using a therapeutic massage technique known as ischemic compression, he will press down on the trigger point until the muscle stops spasming and the contraction releases. Dr. Dave will then also perform spinal manipulation, otherwise known as a chiropractic adjustment, on any affected areas to bring them back into proper alignment.

It can take time, but once the trigger point is released, you should begin to experience increased range of motion and feel relief from stiffness and pain.

Benefits of Trigger Point Therapy

When muscle tissue is in spasm, it can pull other areas of the musculoskeletal system out of alignment. This in turn causes joint pain and more trigger points. Without first releasing a trigger point, a chiropractic adjustment will not serve much purpose. 

If an adjustment is performed on a patient who is experiencing trigger points without first making sure these spasms have been released, they may feel better for a short while. Soon, however, the patient’s spasming, tightly contracted muscles will pull their joints out of alignment again, leading to a need for ongoing treatment.

This is why Dr. Dave focuses on locating and releasing any trigger points before performing chiropractic adjustments on his patients. Once the muscle is relaxed, it is much easier to do an adjustment, and ensure the results will last.

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About Chiropractor Dr. Dave Simmons

Dr. Dave Simmons is a chiropractor who cares about treating the whole body. He is not only a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), but also a Registered Nurse (RN), and is currently working to obtain his Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) license. Under Dr. Dave’s care, you will receive the benefit of his vast medical knowledge combined with his commitment to holistic treatment. This includes the use of therapeutic techniques such as stretching and exercise with all his patients.

If you are located in the Pittsburgh area and are looking for a chiropractor you can trust, contact us today. We’d love to see you at our Shadyside office on the East side of Pittsburgh.