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Posted by on Jun 22, 2020 | 0 comments

Trigger Points In Lower Muscle Groups

Hi, Mark at Fitness4Life PT. We have been talking about trigger points. Previously, we did upper body. I’d like to continue that discussion because now that people are starting to get out more and starting to do more, such as running and biking, we are seeing the common issues that coincide with this. People are getting calf pain and/or tightness, cramping in the middle of the night in their calves and so on. A lot of people deal with plantar fasciitis or pain on the bottom of their feet. Very common issues, especially when somebody goes back and start running again, and they haven’t been used to doing it.

We’ve all been locked up for awhile and then when you get back out doing what you did before, your body starts reacting to that, not always in the best way. You get pain. You get tightness. You have issues. If you try to just keep running through that, or working through that, chances are you will make yourself worse and then will get shut down simply because of the pain in your body.

So what I would like to remind you of what a trigger point is. It’s a tight muscle band in a group of muscles. It is typically around the size of a pea. You can’t always see it, but you’d notice it there because of the tenderness. What defines it as a true trigger point is when you press on it, it can send pain to another area. So treating the area where you felt the pain at doesn’t get you better. You have to treat where it came from. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to go over three different muscles that work the back of the leg, and can also cause pain on the bottom of the foot.

Check out our YouTube page where I will demonstrate three different trigger points that are typically active when you have pain in the lower half of your body or feet,  and I will show you how to treat these yourselves. If you have further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.com.

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Posted by on May 18, 2020 | 0 comments

How To Deal With Trigger Point Pain

Trigger points are painful nodules in the muscle. The thing that makes them special is that they can cause pain elsewhere from where the tender spot is. So today, what I’d like to go over is an area of pain that a lot of people suffer from because they sit too long, or just doing daily activities. A lot of people complain of having pain all along the top of their shoulder, even up the back of their neck, and down around the top of their shoulder blade. This whole area is a common area that people are sore and painful. Headaches coming around the side of your head, up over the top of your head, and even behind your eye are also common. These can all be caused from a trigger point.

Let’s talk about trigger points. You’ve got muscles that are basically like these rubber bands. You’ve got hundreds of thousands of fibers that stretch and come back together when a muscle shortens and stretches. A trigger point is a small nodule like a knot in a rubber band. Everything around it can move but the area where the knot is.

Trigger points are typically about the size of the pea, so they’re a small area. Sometimes, because of that knot, you can have a little tight band that runs either way from it. This is when you feel like a little rope underneath the muscle. This is not be confused with a cramp. A cramp is when the whole muscle tightens and spasms up. A trigger point is just a very small nodule, and it’s always going to be painful when pressed upon.

The other thing that distinguishes it is that if you press on that knot, it can send pain somewhere else. And this is where people get confused because they try to treat where the pain is going when this actual pain is coming from a different location.

Check out our YouTube page where I will demonstrate four different trigger points that are typically active when you have pain over the top of your shoulder, or are dealing with headaches, and I will show you how to treat these yourselves. If you have further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.com.

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