PAINFUL MUSCLES ARE ALSO KNOWN AS TRIGGER POINTS
A trigger point is a ball of scar tissue within a muscle. Muscles can become tight for a long period of time. For example, a lot of people sit at a desk typing all day. This posture allows the shoulders to roll forward and the head to lean forward. This creates a condition called Upper Cross Syndrome.
Upper Cross Syndrome results in pain in the trap muscles across the shoulders and back of the neck. The muscles stay tight all day and night and become fatigued. The body will build a scar on the fatigued muscles to help support them. Over time these scars grow and become painful. These painful scars are called trigger points.
Standard Medical Treatment for Trigger Points
Most medical clinics use Lidocaine injections to block trigger point pain. That’s it. Nothing more. You go into the clinic on an occasional basis and get a lidocaine injection. This blocks the pain of the trigger point for a short period of time.
National Neuropathy Center’s Approach to Trigger Point Treatment
Inject with a natural solution called Sarapin. Sarapin is a natural analgesic rather than the pharmaceutical lidocaine agent. Following the Sarapin injection (which is painless), an electrical stimulation pad is placed over the trigger point to help spread the Sarapin through the scar tissue. The next steps in treatment is active or passive stretching of the trigger point and exercises to aid in restoring the scarred area to normal. The overall result in the NNC approach is remove the scar tissue and restore the muscle to normal function. This approach is several steps beyond that standard of trigger point care in most medical clinics..