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Chiropractic, Myofascial Pain and Trigger Points

How many times have you heard someone complain about having “knots” in my neck or shoulders? The use of the term knots is a pretty close description.

Those knots are actually trigger points.  “ A trigger point is like a mini-spasm within a muscle,” according to Dr. Steven Read, chiropractor and Clinic Director of Ortega Chiropractic and Medical Rehab in Jacksonville, Florida. “They are typically very tender and can even refer pain to other areas when you press them,” added Dr. Read.

While trigger points are indeed associated with myofascial pain syndromes, it is important to understand that is very different from fibromyalgia. Trigger points tend to be more acute and localized, where fibromyalgia is more widespread and chronic. It is very possible for fibromyalgia sufferers to also have trigger points though.

A recent research project evaluated the effect of chiropractic treatment has on trigger points and pain in the neck and shoulder areas. This study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed that there is “strong evidence to support the use of manual therapies (chiropractic) in providing immediate relief of trigger points.” The study also concluded that chiropractic treatment was shown to be highly effective in reducing the pain associated with muscle spasms in the neck and middle back.

“The vast majority of patients I see with muscle related pain syndromes have some type of associated trigger points,” explained Dr. Jeff Ruterbusch, Doctor of Osteopathy and Medical Director of Ortega Chiropractic and Medical Rehab. “Fortunately our patients get the best of all worlds in our office. I can provide trigger point injections for the severe cases while Dr. Read provides chiropractic treatment. We also use physical and massage therapy to help to totally alleviate these muscular trigger points,” said Dr. Ruterbusch. “It is good to know that our team can provide our patients with the best possible treatment options,” he said.

Author Bio :

Dr. Read is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and has been practicing in Jacksonville for over 20 years. His practice, Ortega Chiropractic and Medical Rehab, is located on Roosevelt Boulevard just north of NAS Jax. He can be reached at 904-425-4545 or for more information visit his website at

Dr. Ruterbusch is an osteopathic physician that is board certified in Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medicine. He is also a nationally known expert on fitness and nutrition. He also see patients at Ortega Chiropractic and Medical Rehab in Jacksonville. For more information call 904-425-4545 or visit

This entry was written on February 9th, 2011 by admin and filed under Chiropractor Jacksonvile, Headaches, Low Back Pain.

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