Neck trigger points
Neck trigger points are localised, discrete and hypersensitive spots located within neck muscles. Neck trigger points have the ability to cause pain locally at their location or cause pain to radiate out in a referred pattern. Neck trigger points usually accompany other chronic neck pain conditions. Neck trigger points can be caused by an acute injury or chronic repetitive injury.
Symptoms of neck trigger points
Neck trigger points are usually described as localised and persistence painful spots in the neck muscles that limit the amount of neck movement. The muscles that are most affected are the postural muscles of the neck. Trigger points located in the neck pain can either be described as constant (all the time) or mechanically induced (painful only on neck movements). The key thing with trigger points is that the pain is reproducible and although may refer to other areas (referred pain) doesn’t follow the specific path of a nerve (radicular pain). Neck trigger points may be a source of headache, jaw pain and other associated vague pain in and around the head region. It is important to have these looked at by a chiropractor or physiotherapist.
Treatment of neck trigger points
At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why we offer chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments for neck trigger points. There are many different chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments for trigger points and not one treatment will work best on all trigger points in all people. Treatments may consist of ultrasound, dry needling, and stretching, manual medicine methods such as manipulation, heat and ice techniques and instrument assisted massage. What treatments our chiropractors and physiotherapists use will depend on a case-by-case basis. Although the research on neck trigger point’s treatments is limited the chiropractors and physiotherapists at our Balmain and Dee Why Spine Centre’s use an evidence-based approach to ensure the best outcome is achieved.