Feeling kinky? - Try some trigger point therapy - Emily Skye

Feeling kinky? - Try some trigger point therapy

Feeling kinky? - Try some trigger point therapy

If you like to keep your body active and are regularly working out, whether it be long distance endurance training or weight bearing resistance training, you have probably experienced your fair share of muscles aches, twinges and spasms. As you know, it is important to warm up and warm down in a manner that is appropriate for your workout, yet sometimes this still doesn’t cut it. This is when trigger point therapy might be just what you need to help iron out some of those muscle kinks.

Myofacial release is a form of therapy, or massage, that you can safely and easily perform on yourself to help release those spasming and sometimes painful muscle aches.

What is fascia?

Fascia is a thin, flexible and durable layer of connective tissue that wraps in and around all the muscles, and most other structures within the human body. If you are having difficulty visualizing it, try picturing something like a spider's web, except instead of it being 2D, think of it as a 3D structure that works its way throughout the whole body, interconnecting everything. It is a protective sheath that both supports and protects the inner structures of the body.

So How Does Trigger Point Therapy Work?

The idea behind trigger point therapy is that when you experience concentrated areas of tightness in a muscle, these knots or kinks are actually myofacial trigger points, or areas of concentrated and tightly contracted muscle. Unfortunately this concentrated area of spasming muscle can actually cut off its own blood supply which only works to aggravate the experience even more. Even though this isn’t necessarily dangerous it can be extremely uncomfortable, especially when you have several knots or kinks occurring over a large muscle.

There are a variety of different foam rollers that have been designed to provide a different level of pressure, or trigger point therapy, to your chosen area. The great thing is you can use them yourself. For example, if you are having issues with your gastrocnemius muscle (large muscle of your calf), you can place a foam roller on the ground, rest your calf over the top and gently press down whilst rolling your body back and forth over the roller. This will apply pressure to the tense, and tight areas of the muscles and encourage it to relax and release, reducing the tension and potentially easing the spasms.

Remember though, if you think you have done some damage to your body, it is important that you go and check first with your healthcare professional!

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