- What is the Trigger Stick?
The triggerstick is a tool that allows you to gain access to trigger points that are difficult to locate and treat by ourselves. The triggerstick can be used in the comfort of your home or office and help provide effortless relief of the aches and pains associated with muscular trigger points.
- What is a trigger point?
Infamously known to most people as a KNOT!! Trigger points are hyper irritable spots in muscles and are responsible for a large variety of aches and pains all over the body. These spots are associated with nodules that can be “palpated”, or felt in the affected muscles. These spots can either be “latent”, and produce pain and discomfort in a localized area around the trigger point, or they can be “active”, and refer pain and discomfort into other areas of the body. Trigger points are caused by a whole host of factors and include stress, poor posture, long hours in front of a computer, middle to long distance driving and certain sports that place strain on muscles.
- How do we get rid of trigger points?
One very effective way of getting rid of trigger points is by Ischemic Compression. Ischaemic compression can be defined as the application of slowly increasing, non-painful pressure over a trigger point until a barrier of tissue resistance is felt. Contact is then maintained until the tissue barrier releases, and pressure is increased to reach a new barrier to eliminate the tenderness as well as the tension in the trigger point. (Travell, Simons and Simons 1999 1:8).
In essence what this means is that we need to apply pressure to the tender nodules in our muscles. How exactly this is done will be discussed in Question 4 below.
- How do I use the Trigger Stick?
The Trigger Stick allows you to reach the trigger points in some of the most hard to reach muscles in the body. The back is home to many muscles that work day in and day out to allow us to perform our daily activities. Above, you will find simple diagrams which will show you a few of the common “problem” muscles that are known to contain trigger points, as well as how to hold the Trigger Stick in being able to access these trigger points. Once you have located the trigger point that you would like to treat simply follow the guidelines below: Pressure needs to be applied to the trigger point, to a point where a mild discomfort is felt. Once the mild discomfort eases after a few seconds, pressure needs to be increased gradually to the point where the mild discomfort returns. After repeating this process a number of times the tension as well as the pain caused by that trigger point will start to dissipate. This process can be repeated several times throughout the day on several trigger points. We recommend when you first use the TriggerStick to limit its use to 5 – 10 minutes per session and then wait 1 – 2 hours before repeating, until you become familiar with its benefits. Thereafter you may use as you deem fit for maximum benefit.
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