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Janet Travell  MD
Trigger Points


     Janet Travel MD used her 40 year knowledge of trigger points to relieve John Kennedy of his back pain from his PT 109 accident.  She became White House Physician during President Kennedy's administration.

What are Trigger Points:
According to Travel and Simons, A Trigger point is a  hyperirritable spot in skeletal muscle that is associated  with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band of that muscle.   It is not a cramp. a cramp involves the whole muscle..

Trigger points (ttp) have been associated with headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, carpel tunnel, joint pain, tendonitis, bursitis and many other issues of pain.

In sports such as soccer, it is easy to have a trigger point in the Adductor Magnus from the leg position while kicking the ball sideways. This can result in groin, rectum, pubic bone or pelvic pain in general. That trigger point is about 8 inches above the knee but refers its pain upward to the pelvic  area. Another trigger point may be above the inner knee which refers pain to the knee joint.
Tennis elbow is a result of a ttp primarily in the extensor digitorum or brachioradialis.
Basketball players might have shoulder injuries or rotator cuff ttps

Trigger points are easy to treat. Patients look at Travell's charts of muscles and referred pain to match and mark their own pain. Then a percussor  is used for a minute or two to loosen the acetylcholine and other substances that have gathered at the site and muscles start to relax and soften again.

Cost  for half hour treatments:
Student                                               $35.00
Adults                                                 $45.00

Active duty Military and military family members         Free
Fire Dept, Police, EMTs                                                   Free

I will be teaching a class for the above service workers so they can work on these problems when not in the field.

For information, please call:                                 585-586-4090
I should be in Custer, SD by 1 October 2023








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