What are trigger points?

Trigger points are highly sensitive bundles of fibers in tight bands of muscle. They are associated with myofascial pain, and treatment centered on trigger points can help relieve pain in various parts of the body.

What is the difference between myalgia and myofascial pain?

Myalgia is muscle pain or soreness that can be easily associated with its underlying cause: the pain occurs in the area of the body that has been exercised, sprained or otherwise stimulated.

Myofascial pain, on the other hand, does not have a clear underlying cause. This sort of pain is caused by pressure or tension in a completely different part of the body.

Dr. Dustin Wilde understands how frustrating being in pain can be, and not knowing why you are in pain makes things even worse. That is why we are happy to offer trigger point therapy in Anchorage, Alaska, to help you relieve and understand your pain.

How does trigger point therapy work?

Our dentist will locate trigger points that correspond to your pain and will use a thin needle to inject medication at the site. This can range from a simple local anesthetic to numb the area, or BOTOX® to help “freeze” the trigger point. Both of these medications bring relief and ease the tension in your body.

Trigger point therapy is a safe and effective treatment option, though not all patients have the same response to this type of therapy. If you suffer from myofascial pain, migraines or other chronic pain in the head, neck and shoulders, contact Advanced Family Dental Care today at 907-561-1330 for your appointment!