In principle every part of the body can hurt. For many years, medicine has only considered joints or nerves as the cause of pain in the locomotor system. Only in recent years has it become clear that the musculature is the cause of various types of pain. Overwork, hobbies or sports are the causes of these complaints. Muscle pain can be accompanied by joint reactions. However, many patients have only muscular problems. There are plausible reasons for the fact that the muscles were not considered to be the source of the pain: the place of the pain and the place of origin are often far apart. The origin of low back pain is abdominal muscles, there are patients with epicondylopathies who have problems in the shoulder or forearm muscles, headaches often come from the neck, knee pain can come from the thighs and problems with the Achilles tendon often come from the calf.
For many years American scientists have been detecting that overload can change the exchange between nerves and muscles and thus cause persistent cramps and shortening in small parts of the muscle fibres. These areas, which are sensitive to pressure, are called trigger points. They cause a decrease in vascularisation and can compress nerve impulses. These trigger points can cause persistent and sometimes throbbing pain. The most effective techniques are manual trigger point therapy and dry needling. Manual trigger point therapy treats the muscles and connective tissue with well-targeted treatment techniques. For the Dry Needling, disposable acupuncture needles are used to restore blood flow to the trigger points and thus eliminate the pain that is thrown up. Your therapist will advise you on the most suitable treatment technique for your current problem. Of course you always have the possibility to choose. The sooner your complaints are treated correctly, the greater the chances of success. This therapy is painful, your therapist treats the place that hurts the most, which reproduces your symptoms. At any time you can stop the therapy by saying “stop”. After the therapy it is possible that you will feel the treated area for a day or two. The skin may be a little irritated and sometimes a small haematoma is caused. Compresses and hot baths can help healing after the treatment. In addition, you can stretch the treated muscle two to three times a day for 30 seconds. If you are not in too much pain you can do sports. In addition, try to find the cause of your complaints (prolonged bad posture in daily life or at work) and try to avoid it.