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I love massage. I love giving. I especially love receiving. Receiving good bodywork allows me to keep learning how to give better bodywork. And as things get busier at my practice, I noticed that giving bodywork has also necessitated that I receive more. My good friend, who is himself a professed massage hacker, showed me a tool he uses: a lacrosse ball for improving the knots on my shoulder. The reason behind the success of the application of said ball has gotten me to really get tuned into an important piece of pain relief for my practice: trigger points.
On their website AMTAmassage.org, the American Massage Therapy Association describes a trigger point as "a localized spasm or knot in the muscle fiber that may cause pain to be referred to other, more distant parts of the body." Essentially, your knots or tight areas are causing pain. They can also restrict movement and cause other areas to knot up which elicits a growing problem for many people. The underlying cause is often from repetitive overuse or acute or sustained overload. The solution is simple: consistently delivered massage.
Relieving those trigger points and knots seems simple enough but often involves working on tender points that are uncomfortable to the touch. If you are unsure if something is a trigger point or a more severe injury, I recommend seeing a massage practitioner that specializes in trigger points, muscle therapy/medical massage or another medical professional to help you in your discovery. There are a lot of tools out there from foam rollers to devices such as the TheraCane and The Stick which allow you to work on your trigger points at home. While the annoyance of working on these areas may seem a pain, the continued attention to reducing their vice on your body is well worth it. It hurts so good!
If you want to learn more about trigger points and treating them on your own, I highly recommend The Trigger Point Workbook by Clair Davies. Or schedule a muscle therapy or therapeutic massage session and we can work out your knots together.
With love and light!
Massage Therapist, Health Coach, Personal Development junkie.
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