Myofascial trigger points are tender spots within the interconnected muscle and fascia system, often related to muscle tension, repetitive stress, posture deficits, injury or trauma. The tissue texture of trigger points can feel like a nodule, pea-like or larger lumps, or ropy taut bands.
Common trigger points have been mapped throughout the body, with these illustrations highlighting regional trigger points in the hands and arms.
Treatment to release trigger points promotes interruption of muscle spasms and pain cycles, lengthening of tight areas that also impact nearby tissues, stimulation of blood supply, clearing of debris and toxins, and calming the autonomic nervous system. When combined with healthful lifestyle habits such as regular physical activity and good nutrition, trigger point release can yield positive results.
Trigger point therapy focuses on compression techniques that apply steady, direct, and slowly increasing pressure to the trigger point. The mild to moderate compression also gently stimulates sensory receptors, helping muscles and fascia to lengthen and relax.
Maintaining sustained pressure promotes the softening and releasing of the trigger point, which may take from a few seconds to a few minutes. With hands-on trigger point therapy, compression is following by gentle generalized massage. Compression and release may be repeated up to three times on a specific point before moving to another trigger point.
Self-treatment with the Gelliflex™ Abacus™ for trigger point release emphasizes your exploration and discovery of tender areas, along with providing the “just-right” amount of gentle, sustained pressure and holding for the “just-right” amount of time for release. Follow the compression techniques with gentle rolling using the gel-balls. Trigger points may be addressed directly, or often benefit from self-treatment in an area nearby.
You can use the Abacus to apply compression to several trigger points. Here are a few videos on how to do so on those targeted areas: