Trigger Point Injection Therapy

w/ Dr. Alexa Chichak, ND

What are trigger points?

Trigger points are what most people call ‘knots’ in muscles- small areas of tightness located within a muscle fibre. Trigger points can cause discomfort, tightness and pain referral.

What is trigger point injection therapy?

Trigger point injection therapy involves injecting a small amount of sugar solution and anaesthetic directly into the trigger points. This can release the trigger points, allowing muscle to relax and decrease pain & referral associated with the trigger point.

Does it hurt?

The needles used for this therapy are very small, so you won’t feel the needle pokes. However, it can be uncomfortable when the needle is inserted into the trigger point. This pain will release once the needle is withdrawn.

How long does the appointment take?

The appointment time is 45 minutes, which includes an assessment and a check-in with the naturopathic doctor. The injections themselves should take no longer than 10-15 minutes, depending on the areas being treated.

Are there side effects?

There may be small amounts of bruising in the areas of injection, and your muscles may be sore or tender following the treatment.

What should I know for afterwards?

Avoiding strenuous exercise for a few days after the appointment is recommended.

Dr. Alexa Chichak is a Naturopathic Doctor and offers appointments at Local Health Integrative Clinic Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Click here to book your Trigger Point Injection Therapy appointment with Dr. Alexa.