How to Find and Switch off Trigger Points
To manage or apply trigger points therapy you need to find out and then Switch off or de-activate trigger points. There are many techniques to do it which are discussed in this article. You many consult an expert of trigger points therapy before applying these techniques.
A trigger point is a nodule or knot of contracted muscle fibers embedded within a band of a muscle like the trapezius. These points can be exquisitely tender when palpated or compressed and can even refer pain to other areas of the body. For example, pressing a trigger point in the shoulder can refer pain into the neck or head.
When a trigger point tightens and spasms, it causes you pain. You alter your patterns of movement and new trigger points develop causing you more pain. You need sufficient, sustained deep pressure on a regular basis to deactivate your trigger points. The Trigger Point Self-Treatment System is the complete system specifically designed to target, release and deactivate all your trigger points.
The pain and other symptoms caused by trigger points occur in predictable patterns. When you know where to look, trigger points are easily located and switch off (deactivated) with simple techniques of self-applied massage.
Massage of the trigger point flushes the tissue and helps the trigger point's contracted sarcomeres begin to release. In dealing directly with the trigger point, massage is the safest, most natural, and most effective form of pain therapy. You can get help from trigger points charts or maps to find out the cause of discomfort or pain. Swichting off is the next step to deal with those trigger points.
- Trigger points are known to cause headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, and many kinds of joint pain mistakenly ascribed to arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis or ligament injury.
- Trigger points cause problems as diverse as earaches, dizziness, nausea, heartburn false heart pain, heart arrhythmia, tennis elbow and genital pain.
- Trigger points can also cause colic in babies and bed-wetting in older children, and may be a contributing cause of scoliosis.
- They are a cause of sinus pain and congestion.
- They may play a part in chronic fatigue and lowered resistance to infection. And because trigger points can be responsible for long-term pain and disability that seem to have to means of relief, they can cause depression.
Good news is that you can treat your own trigger points better than anyone else. Regardless of your age, your gender, whether you are an athlete or a couch potato, whether you suffer from sciatica, a herniated disc, fibromyalgia or some other condition, the Trigger Point Self-Treatment System will release and deactivate your trigger points, thus relieving the underlying cause of your pain.
Techniques to switch off/de-activate your trigger points:
Stretching is not effective at de-activating these hyperirritable points for two reasons.
First, it would be impossible to isolate any stretch into the exact precise location of a trigger point. Stretch happens in a broad way across the entirety of a muscle belly from its attachment on one bone to its attachment site on another bone.
Secondly, trigger points require a perpendicular angle of approach. Pressure needs to be applied directly into the body so that it gently pins and pierces the knotty and adhered fibers and laterally spreads them apart. Stretching tends to occur more longitudinally from attachment to attachment or end to end, not side to side. For these reasons, some external pressure that can probe directly into the body and somewhat deeply into the specific location of a trigger point, like a massage therapist’s thumb or elbow, serves the purpose well.
* Trigger point deactivation technique tried by a patient (Felix) who had trigger points in his scalene muscles for years.
Technique: Find a muscle with a trigger point. With one hand press the trigger point using mild pressure, just enough to feel it. With your other hand press on that muscle’s tendon with mild to medium pressure and hold it for around 30 seconds, pushing away from the muscle towards the bone will help.
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* Cooling and stretching can be effective in switching off the trigger points.
Read more: Deactivation of Trigger points
Yoga Tune Up suggests these techniques:
* If you locate a trigger point there are few ways to switch off/de-activate it:
Step 1. Attempt to sandwich the knot between the ball and your body. (Remember pinning the affected area from above and below encourages the parallel fibers to spread laterally so be sure to balance your body enough to stay on top of the trigger point)
Step 2: Deeply breathe and relax every muscle you can while the trigger point is contacted and compressed for about 7-10 seconds.
After treating 3 or 4 trigger points, follow up with appropriate stretching exercises.
If you find it simply too painful to be directly on the trigger point, fear not! Move away from what feels like the epicenter of the trigger point to slightly adjacent to it in any direction and repeat Step 2.
When there is a trigger point in a muscle, that muscle is restricted from fully functioning and therefore neither can the joint to which that muscle attaches. This can lead to further trigger point formation and disfunction in other muscles and joints that are attempting to compensate for their infirm neighbor