Santa Barbara Chiropractor for over 30 years
Trigger Point Therapy

Activation of trigger points may be caused by a number of factors, such as subluxations and neurological radiculitis, repetitive overuse of muscles, psychological distress, disease, direct trauma, accidents, infections and chronic organ stress.

Trigger points form as a local contraction in a small number of muscle fibers in a larger muscle or muscle bundle. These in turn can pull on tendons and ligaments associated with the muscle. This is turn pulls on joints which may respond with pain, especially in overuse.

Trigger points a often result in pain and weakness in associated joints. These pain patterns may follow specific nerve pathways. They often relate directly to subluxation patterns. Many trigger points have pain patterns that overlap, and some create reciprocal cyclic relationships that need to be treated with both chiropractic adjustments and muscle therapy to remove them.

Dr. Girard has trained other chiropractors and health professions in treating trigger points. As well as employing manual adjusting to contiguous joints, she uses both deep muscle and trigger point therapy, as well as acupressure and laser to treat trigger points.


Dr. Valerie Girard, Santa Barbara Chiropractor

Your Family Chiropractic Health and Wellness Specialist
1725 State Street B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   (805) 687-1617  (805) 682-1365 fx.

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As one of Santa Barbara's long term chiropractors, Dr. Girard offers brief consultations by phone to determine if she can assist you with your health care needs. She will direct you to other practitioners if she cannot provide you with the health care that best serves you.