The first step to really getting the best out of personal trigger point therapy and being the owner of a very Proud Back is to understand what trigger points actually are. As we are strictly for the layman here we will try to explain simply and without medical references and terminology that does nothing but confuse (us included). So what are trigger points.
To quote from the Trisoma website:
Trigger Points are defined as discrete, focal, hyper-irritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle which are painful on compression and can produce local and referred pain which can perplex medical professionals not familiar with trigger points. A current theory for the cause of a trigger point is that the calcium switch fails to turn off in the sarcomere.
For our understanding what we really need to know is that a trigger point is basically a knotting of the muscles into what is often a tight hard ball so compact that you can actually feel it through the skin if you apply pressure.
This is often what is felt if you feel around near to the locale of where you have severe pain.
Trigger Points And Back Pain
Many causes of back pain are actually the results of severe trigger points throughout the body. The misconception is that if you have a severe case of sciatica that there must be a hard lump of muscle at the spot where the pain occurs.
This may often be the case but the majority of times you will also find that there are a number of tight clusters throughout the thighs, lower back and even extending right up to the neck and shoulders as well as the upper back.
If we get a partner to feel around the region where we have the most severe pain in our back they will undoubtedly find a number of hard knots, often felt as lumps of hard muscle. Other times there is simply a deeps sense of pain if the area is pressed hard. All of these spots can be treated simply and effectively with a simple set of tools to bring incredible pain relief in an amazingly short period of time.
What Causes Trigger Points
It can be anything, from a herniated disc, lifting too much weight with bad (or even good) form, slumping in your chair, bad posture in general, onset of repetitive strain injury, exercise, and a myriad of other activities that can tighten up the muscles and lead to severe or mild pain and stiffness that needs to be relieved. The author actually spent a week in bed before discovering trigger point therapy after a bout of sneezing caused a bad back!
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This is part 2 in a 7 part series of articles please read the full series for a better understanding of Trigger Point Therapy and how you can use it to alleviate back pain in a very effective manner. All links open in a new window.
What Are Trigger Points
The beauty of knowing that trigger points even exist is that we can treat our bad back at home either for free if we have a willing partner or for a low cost with a simple tool that will be discussed in a later article.
Being unable to perform simple daily tasks because of severe back pain makes it hard for us to believe that we may well be able to cure ourselves without medical intervention or expensive treatment, but for many this is the case.
Of course, for some this is not going to be the answer, but it is rather amazing just how many people get amazing relief and back pain improvement by the simple use of some basic knowledge of how to get rid of trigger points.