Trigger Point massage
Trigger point massage is a component of trigger point therapy. The aim of this therapy is the resolution of the myofascial trigger points. There is a wide range of therapy options to dissolve the hardening of the muscles and to counteract the pain. Some applications have to be performed by doctors, but they can acquire many exercises themselves. The biggest problem with the treatment is to determine the source of the pain and tension. The targeted trigger point massage is only one component of the therapy, because movement and mobility also play an important role.
HOW QUICKLY CAN RELIEF BE EXPECTED FROM THE TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE?
The actual answer to these questions depends on the type and duration of the disease. Furthermore, it is relevant which muscles or areas of the body are affected. There are different types of muscles in the human body that respond differently to trigger point therapy. With some muscles more frequent repetitions are necessary. The trigger point massage method aims to eliminate the so-called myofascial trigger points. These trigger points are muscle hardenings in the human skeletal musculature that are, however, only locally limited. These areas are sensitive to pressure and tend to transmit pain. Approximately 80 – 90% of all pain syndromes are said to be due to these muscle hardenings. A myofascial trigger point in the area of the shoulder lifter muscle, for example, triggers back of the head or temple pain. The existing therapeutic possibilities in this context are aimed at reducing or even deactivating the contracting muscle fibres. The focus here is also on subsequent prophylaxis and to relativize any permanently shortened or misused muscles. The following treatment options are available for the affected muscles:
Trigger needling with acupuncture needles
Injection of local anaesthetic into the appropriate trigger points
trigger shock wave therapy
Trigger point self massage
FOR WHICH BODY AREAS IS THE TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE SUITABLE?
Trigger point massage is particularly suitable for pain patients suffering from headaches, shoulder pain, migraine, neck pain or whiplash. They can also be used for pain factors such as chest pain, the typical golf elbow, witch shots, Achilles tendon pain, tendosynovitis or simply knee pain. However, the number one widespread disease is back pain. When it pinches and hurts in the back, everyday movements quickly become a torture. The back is the stabilizer of the body and in use around the clock. But the heavy and permanent strain also leaves its mark. Back pain is often the result. The spine and muscles show quickly when it is no longer possible. It is no longer just older patients who complain about back pain. More and more young people are also suffering from severe back pain. There is a large list of causes and symptoms for these complaints. Joint or muscle problems, lack of exercise, malpositioned vertebrae or signs of wear are just a few examples.
BACK PAIN DUE TO TRIGGER POINTS AND MYOFASCIAL ADHESIONS
Special balls, rollers and rods have been developed to loosen the glued joints and are used for trigger point massage. This equipment can be used for targeted stretching or strengthening exercises for the back muscles. All trunk stabilizers are significantly improved simply and comfortably. Pain patients are increasingly enjoying fascial rolls. These are often used for prevention or therapy support for back pain. The rolling movement sequences or the selective pressure release hardenings, which can also be responsible for unpleasant pain and tension. Movement, however, is and remains the be-all and end-all to provide the body with the necessary energy. A healthy amount of activity is useful to strengthen the organism and protect it from pain. Joints, muscles, ligaments and fasciae work hand in hand and function perfectly if elasticity and elasticity are maintained. The main focus of this topic is on fasciae, which want to be challenged enormously. The fine fibres stick together quickly without movement. In only a short time the necessary hold is missing, which is responsible for the stability of the muscles. Continuous movement or light sporting activities are sufficient to protect the muscles from back pain or loss of stability and to prevent the formation of trigger points. Of course, it does not always have to be daily fascia training in the studio, because today there are many ways to strengthen the back muscles in your own four walls.
TREATMENT BY TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE
A trigger point massage is a way to interrupt the pain circulation. The trigger points are stimulated under pressure, which means that the corresponding pain is transferred to other zones. As a result, this pain leads to a kind of feeling of well-being pain, which is then felt in the course of therapeutic applications. Strokes and stretching complete the corresponding trigger point treatment. Trigger point treatment is also used for arthrosis as well as for feelings of cold in the feet and hands. Trigger point massage can also be used to treat individual body postures or joint pain. This form of treatment is also used for classic tinnitus treatment, chronic ailments and digestive problems. All treatments within the framework of trigger point therapy focus on the patient’s own body perception and the muscular component. Anyone who suffers from shoulder or back pain has tried to massage the painful areas with their own hands. In most cases, this only works moderately and rather results in additional dislocations. However, those who have the right utensils at hand can achieve great success with little effort.
One of the most innovative devices for self-massage is the trigger point massage stick. This trigger stick helps with pain in shoulders, neck, back, chest, foot, legs or the hip.
It can be used for selective deep massages and stroking massages. The curved shape of the self massage stick ensures that every pain point can be easily reached. Light pressure, strong stimulation of the pain nodes or gentle stroking – you determine the intensity yourself. Everyone has a different perception of pressure and pain.
Fascia rolls are another proven aid for self-massage. These are usually used on the floor or on the wall and allow the treatment of large pain areas with the help of one’s own body weight.
Trigger Point massager
The Trigger Point Massager is an ideal tool for feeling and releasing tension in the musculature. With the help of differently shaped massage knobs you can hit specific trigger points, loosen adhesions and massage different parts of the body from head to toe. We will show you how to best reach the most important pain areas with the massage stick.
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What makes the Trigger Point Massager?
The trigger point massager is equipped with different massage knobs along its basic form. The round massage knobs create a relatively flat pressure and are therefore ideally suited to work on large areas of tension. You can also use them optimally, for example, if an entire fascial chain is tensed or glued. With the pointed massage knobs, on the other hand, you can exert a strong point pressure.
The pointed pimples are very useful for trigger point massage, for example when working on painful trigger points or when working on the particularly tight plantar fascia under the sole of the foot. In addition, the massage rod has two short straight rods, which you can use optimally for the massage of the chest and calf muscles. Alternatively, the bars serve as pressure boosters and ergonomic grips.
Note that the trigger point massage with the trigger point massage stick is not applied to bones and especially not to vertebrae. Even if you notice that the tissue is too soft, you should not exert any further pressure.
THE TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE ONLY HELPS WITH REGULAR USE
Our trigger stick gives you the opportunity to release existing tensions, break open pain points and relieve pain. The removal of existing trigger points, however, is only one side of the coin. To get rid of this problem permanently, you have to actively prevent it by modifying your habits. Smaller changes often work wonders here. If, on the other hand, you fall back into the old routine, the painful trigger points will be there again faster than you can say myofascial tissue. With the following tips, pain and tension should definitely be a thing of the past:
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DIET
You certainly know the saying “You are what you eat” from the crispbread advertisement. In fact, this is much more than a crude advertising slogan, because your tissue can only be as good as the nutrients you provide your body with. In order to prevent trigger points in the musculature, minerals play a decisive role. They prevent overstraining and can put a stop to cramping. Magnesium and calcium in a ratio of approx. two to one are particularly important. While you can cover your calcium needs with dairy products, wholemeal products, nuts and pulses are an ideal source of magnesium.
RELAXATION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE.
Since stress favors the formation of trigger points, you should lower your daily stress level. Because, even if you don’t believe it. Mental stress also causes your muscles to cramp and harden. The cause is the release of stress hormones, which put your muscles under tension without you noticing it. If you don’t find a balance, the condition will persist, resulting in overuse of the tissue. So take a break by consciously taking time just for yourself. Switch off at a good book, do something with your friends, treat yourself to a hot bath or, for once, spend a few hours in front of the game console. No matter what you choose, the main thing is to turn it off.
WORK ON YOUR POSTURE
A conscious posture is crucial so that the trigger point massage does not become a daily exercise. This is especially true for the back. So make sure that you keep your back upright and your shoulders back. This applies to standing as well as sitting. Try to keep the spine consciously straight. You can support your back e.g. with a lordosis cushion, an optimally adjusted workplace or an ergonomically shaped office chair. Even when lifting heavy loads, you should pay attention to the correct posture and never make a hunchback, but lift out of your knees. Also make sure that you hold the load as close to your body as possible and rotate your whole body – never just your back. All these measures will help you to prevent the creation of new trigger points.
REGULAR MOVEMENT AND STRETCHING
Lack of exercise is and remains one of the main causes of trigger points all over the body. Only if you move your body regularly will you be able to control the problem permanently. But you don’t have to do an exaggerated sports program. In everyday life, even the simple “50/25/25” rule of thumb ensures a good amount of exercise. This formula says that you should spend 50 percent of your day sitting and 25 percent walking and standing. Of course, the basic rule is that even less sitting is even better. In addition, it is recommended that you completely move every joint in your body at least twice a day. This small measure alone is already incredibly effective. This applies in particular to the hip joints and the spine, whose maximum radius of movement and rotation we rarely really use in everyday life. The trigger point prophylaxis is rounded off by regular stretching of the shortened pelvic muscles and regular endurance training. Three sessions of 30-45 minutes per week are already sufficient. Swimming is an ideal way to prevent tension.
PROBLEMS RELATED TO TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE
Orthopedics and physiotherapists often only treat the pain region that is indicated to them by the affected person, without further research into the causes. It is important that you look into the pain and causes and find a way to help yourself or point out to the doctor that the problems may have a different origin. All applications should be accompanied by self-massages and stretching exercises to increase the blood flow in the shortened and thickened muscle fibres and bring about an improvement.
The trigger point massage can be traced back to a long historical development. As early as in the 17th century, people first spoke of trigger point acupuncture in the true sense of the word. A Dutch military doctor described the treatment of a soldier on Java. This soldier suffered from severe abdominal pain and could be relieved of the pain by the appropriate treatment of his upper abdominal muscle. Approximately 100 years later, doctors found out from the examination of a patient with leg pain that muscles with painful pressure were located in a different vascular musculature. However, this region was far away from the actual pain region and could be treated well. Since these initial developments and findings, the efforts and requirements of trigger point therapy have been greatly developed. If you have any questions on this subject, you can contact our therapists at any time. The best way to do this is to use the mail: info(at)sapura-health.de