Trigger points feel like tight, dense areas, or “knots” within a muscle. In a trigger point, the muscle tissue has involuntarily sustained a contraction that has caused it to tighten. Trigger points can be found in non-contractile tissues as well, such as scar tissue, ligaments, and tendons, and they can produce back, neck, or jaw pain. Trigger points are occasionally diagnosed incorrectly as arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, or tennis elbow.
Symptoms of a Trigger Point
Symptoms of trigger points include:
- Chronic pain
- Numbness or tingling
How ASTR Treats Trigger Points
Advanced Soft Tissue Release (abbreviated as ASTR) is a new manual therapy specialty that is revolutionizing the way patients experience long-term pain relief. The ASTR specialty includes techniques for neuromuscular re-education as it stimulates Golgi Tendon Organs (sensory receptors responsible for decreasing tension in the muscle)to decrease muscle hypertonicity and release trigger points. ASTR treats pain in a gentle, effective, and natural way, and takes a holistic approach to address the root causes of pain, not just the symptoms. Many patients experience relief from pain after their first treatment! Learn how ASTR can help you or watch testimonial videos from patients who experienced pain relief through ASTR treatment.