Why Self-Trigger Point Therapy Works

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Why Self-Trigger Point Therapy Works

If self-massage is not providing relief, if the pain is too intense, or if you have an underlying condition that may be causing the trigger points, it’s best to seek professional help.

A licensed massage therapist or physical therapist can help to provide relief and may be able to give you additional exercises or stretches to help relieve the pain.

Most Common Trigger Points

Trigger points are tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant body parts.

Lower Back

Another common trigger point is in the lower back. This area can become very tight and sore from sitting or standing.

Lower back trigger points can also be caused by lifting heavy objects during pregnancy.

To treat trigger points, you will need to locate them by feeling for muscle knots in the muscles on either side of the spine.

Once you have found the knots, you can begin to massage them using your fingers or a massage tool.

Shoulders

The shoulders are another common area for trigger points. These knots can be caused by poor posture, repetitive motions, or sitting in one position for too long.

To treat trigger points in the shoulders, you will need to locate them by feeling for muscle knots in the muscles on the top of the shoulders.

Once you have found the knots, you can begin to massage them using your fingers or a massage tool.

Neck

The neck is another common area for trigger points. These knots can be caused by poor posture, stress, or sleeping in an awkward position.

To treat trigger points in the neck, you will need to locate them by feeling for muscle knots in the muscles on the sides of the neck.

Trapezius muscle

This is the muscle that extends from the base of the neck to the shoulders.

The trapezius muscle is often very tight and can cause headaches, neck pain, and tension headaches.

Trigger points and muscle knots can occur anywhere in your body. Wherever there is muscle tissue, there may be a small area of tissue tension. 

Trigger points feel like a taut band of skeletal muscle inside a muscle group. 

These muscle knots develop when individual muscle fibers are over-stimulated and unable to release their contracted state. 

This contraction reduces blood flow resulting in a diminished supply of oxygen and a build-up of metabolic waste. 

The contracted muscle (trigger point) reacts by sending out pain signals.

Once you have found the knot, you can begin to massage it using your fingers or a massage tool.

Headaches

Headaches are often caused by trigger points in the head and neck muscles. These knots can be caused by

Conclusion

Self-trigger point therapy is a great way to relieve pain, tension, and muscle stiffness without seeing a therapist.

It is also a great way to improve the range of motion and reduce stress levels. If you are looking for a new way to relax and improve your overall health, consider self-trigger point therapy!

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