If you experience painful knots in your neck, shoulder and arm areas, your mid and lower back, even your hips and legs, you are not alone. 86 million Americans suffer from various types of chronic pain.
Dr. Janet Travell treated President John F. Kennedy’s chronic back pain. Dr. Travell and her colleague, Dr. David Simons wrote “The Trigger Point Manual.” Their research shows that tiny contraction knots in our muscles and tissues, known as trigger points, are the primary cause of pain 75% of the time and a factor in almost every painful condition.
Trigger Points develop when an area of the body is injured or over-worked. For instance, a single event can initiate a trigger point, such as a car accident or a sports or work-related accident. Trigger points can also develop over time through muscle strain from repetitive movements at work or play, postural strain from standing or sitting improperly for long periods at the computer or in your car, emotional stress, anxiety, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, inflammation, and toxins in the environment.
Written By: Updated: March 19,2008