What is a trigger point?
Travell and Simons defined a Trigger point as, a hyperirritable spot in the muscle belly that elicits a pain response somewhere else when compressed. Pressure on the trigger point can produce a muscle twitch as well.
All of us have trigger points throughout our bodies, but they are not painful. Life, toxins, and injury can result in exciting the trigger points. The trigger point can then create satellite trigger points; which can result in pain and muscle spasms.
Managing trigger points can improve the performance of the muscle and reduce overall pain in the body.
Self-manage trigger points in the following ways:
1. Self-trigger point release with:
- Tennis ball
- Lacrosse ball
- Spiny ball
2. Roll tissues after exercise and athletic performance with:
- Foam roller
- Massage stick
3. Compression or vibration Therapy:
- Hypervolt vibration tool
- Minisphere vibration tool
When self-treatment does not work it is time to seek professional help:
- Dry Needling – Physical Therapy
- Deep Tissue Massage – Massage Therapist
- Graston Technique or instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization – Physical Therapy
These tips are not to replace recommendations by your physical therapist or physician. This is for information only. Never start a new self-treatment routine without consulting your physician or physical therapist.