On tuesday evening, March 10, I will be leading a trigger point therapy workshop at Rincon Chiropractic.
This will be a workshop where we will pair off and take a hands-on approach to caring for your trigger points with either the help of a partner, or for yourself.
To prepare, I’ve been watching Youtube videos on the subject.Above it the first one, and one that I thought had excellent animation. It’s a great overview of trigger point therapy, and it even goes into the sarcomeres of the muscles and how they are at the center of your trigger point.
This next one is one that I had to cut short because it was intolerable. The lady was reading from a script, and she was going over very dry anatomy. Not a good combination. Here’s the video, but I find it hard to recommend.
Still, I guess it’s a nice niche to brand yourself as an expert of a trigger point therapist.
Here’s a guy who started a niche about back pain. It looks like he even wrote a book about it. He uses a device in the video that he sells. It has knobs that dig into his glute muscles. You may not need a special device; I have been to plenty of rehab seminars where they use lacrosse balls or baseballs to dig into the trigger points in the glutes and piriformis muscles.
Here’s a doc who gives helpful advice on treating your own trigger points. Along with a slow, sustained ischemic press, you can also do a myofascial release by raising the arms up and down, and you can even give it a wiggle by oscillating your body by pushing with your feet. He goes over the distinction between active and latent trigger points.
Up next I saw this video who is a “certified trigger point therapist.” Good for him. He does give some good advice for self care:
- Keep your targeted muscle relaxed.
- When putting pressure on your trigger point, only take the pain up to a medium setting. Do 5-6 on a 1-10 scale.
- Put pressure on the muscles, not on joints. For example, when you roll on your legs, don’t be rolling the back of your knees. You have arteries and veins there, and nerves that you can irritate.
- Gently stretch the muscles after you treat them.
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