The Real Source

Pain is a complex and multifaceted symptom that each of us will experience at some point in our lives. The majority of the pain we have is caused by one or several of the following factors:
  • Acute trauma (i.e. fall of auto accident)
  • Repetitive Motion Injury & Overuse (i.e. pitching, typing, gardening)
  • Sustained Contraction (i.e. sitting in poor posture all day)

Muscle and joint imbalances develop as a result of these irritations. Your muscles become tense and uncomfortable, preventing normal movement in your joints. Nerve fibers are sensitized in the area of pain, and send disrupted signals to the central nervous system.

Over time, this becomes a self-perpetuating cycle of distress signals going into the spinal cord and nervous system from the muscles and joints, and disrupted signals going from the central nervous system and spinal cord back out to the muscles and joints. The brain and the spinal cord continuously make subtle micro-adjustments to remedy the disruption. Other muscle fibers and groups are called in for backup to keep the body functioning normally.

We go on with our lives, mostly unaware that any of this is happening. Eventually, the overworked muscles begin to fatigue. Then suddenly all at once our nerves become so sensitized that the irritation reaches the level of the conscious mind and we have a pain that seems to have come out of nowhere.

Except for in acute injuries, pain is usually the last symptom. Damage was already being done long before we even notice. This pain-tension cycle continues, unless it is disrupted.

The Nimmo trigger point technique is that disruption. The doctors at Cohen Chiropractic Trigger Point Center focus their efforts on relieving your overworked muscles and returning them to normalcy, breaking the cycle. We set the body in balance, and keep your muscles on the road to recovery through postural improvements, exercises, stretches, and small lifestyle changes.

A Detailed Look

Figure 1: The normal reflex arc

Figure 2: The physiopathological reflex arc

Figure 3: The spread and continuation of pain