Trigger Point Release

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Trigger points are tender or irritated areas of muscle. They produce pain at the spot and in a referred pattern. Trigger point release can help relieve the pain and decreased range of motion in the affected muscles.

Trigger points may also cause tension headaches, tinnitus, TMJ pain, decreased range of motion in the legs, and low back pain. When you press on a trigger point, it is usually a harder or firm area. They are commonly found in the levator scapulae, upper trapezius, piriformis, IT band, quads, and calves, but they can be found all over the body.

Direct pressure to a trigger point can help relax it. Often people will use their fingers, but if you have them often, you can do damage to your finger joints. The folks at Sidekick sent me their Flux Vibration Therapy Massage Ball which can be very useful in releasing trigger points. Not only does it help protect your fingers, but it also has a vibration component that helps relax the muscles.

Once you are able to get a trigger point to release, you always want to stretch afterwards to help lengthen the muscles.

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