What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are specific, hyper-irritable and hypersensitive areas in muscle that can suffer from decreased circulation, increased contraction and spasm, and a build up of toxins and waste. Lack of circulation creates a high level of toxins and increased nerve sensitivity that can range from a low ache to a sharp pain.
Healthy muscle fibers are neither contracted nor stretched when at rest. When contracted the muscle fibers are closer together and when stretched, further apart. In a muscle that is causing pain, the fibers develop a knot and are in a constant state of contraction. The fibers around the knot are stretched by the excess tension and the muscle fibers become tighter.
With the continuous contraction, blood flow is restricted in the area and essential oxygen and nutrients are prevented from reaching the muscle tissue. This causes toxins and waste to build up in the muscle and you will experience trigger point pain, tension, irritation, and spasm.
Now, just because the trigger point causes the pain does not mean that the spot is painful itself. When the pain is located at the tense muscle spot it is called a primary trigger point. However, pain can also manifest itself in areas away from the active trigger point - such pain is called referred pain. It is important to treat the spot that causes the referred pain and not the location of the pain itself.
Trigger points cause pain more often than any other condition and are drastically under-diagnosed due to lack of information. Trigger point pain is usually a factor in most injuries although treating the trigger points is often overlooked. A common condition related to triggers points is known as myofascial pain.
Symptoms of Trigger Point Pain
The trigger point area will usually become more tender or sting when you push on the spot and the referred pain will increase in intensity. Other symptoms include:
- you will feel a knot or hard lump at the spot
- the muscle may twitch when the spot is pushed
- a deep ache in the back of the leg
- pain which may radiate in the hip, lower back, knees, or further down in the achilles and feet
Causes of Trigger Point Pain
Tender trigger points typically develop from lack of stretching or improper stretching but can also be caused from stress/trauma, overuse of a muscle, using incorrect equipment (i.e. a can that's too long, shoes without the correct support), or even poor posture or biomechanics.
Reduced circulation in trigger points will eventually lead to muscle shortening and restricted movement which further accentuates the pain, thus completing a cycle of decreased mobility and further pain. This commonly becomes the underlying cause of chronic pain, and the patient will continue to suffer until the problem trigger points are treated directly.
Mild trigger points can be addressed sometimes through massage and some sufferers maintain that acupuncture treats these problems as well. Permanent removal of chronic trigger points and conditions caused by this typically requires treatment using Soft Tissue Rehab Therapy.
Trigger Point Long Term Negative Effects
Reduced circulation in trigger points will eventually lead to muscle shortening and restricted movement which further accentuates the pain, thus completing a cycle of decreased mobility and further pain. This commonly becomes the underlying cause of chronic hip and knee pain and tight hamstrings. The patient will continue to suffer from these until the problem trigger points are treated directly.
Mild Trigger Points can be addressed sometimes through massage and some sufferers maintain that acupuncture treats these problems as well, though it is not accepted by many medical institutions. Permanent removal of chronic trigger points and conditions caused by this, typically requires treatment using Soft Tissue Therapy.
Treating Trigger Point Pain - What Options Are There?
If you have pain in your hip, hamstring, knees (or even achilles) caused by tense, constricted hamstring muscles Soft Tissue Repair Therapy is the most effective home treatment for your trigger points. The trick to getting rid of the pain is loosening the knots to release the constricted muscle fibers. This will allow blood to flow through the fibers once again, bringing the vital oxygen and nutrients required for healthy tissue. The most effective and pain free way to loosen the knots at home is with the T•Shellz Wrap®.
In addition, you want to get your muscle tissue back in the best possible condition you can. To do this, it is important to treat the scar tissue that forms in the muscle when the damaged tissue begins to heal - something the T•Shellz Wrap® is great at! Even with optimum healing, there is always less elasticity in previously injured muscles fibers. However, if you treat your trigger point pain properly with deep massage and STR Therapy, risk of suffering from chronic trigger point pain and hamstring injury related conditions later will be significantly reduced.
There are healing tools that can help treat your hamstring muscle trigger point pain and speed up the healing process so you can get back to a life without further pain. Soft Tissue Repair Therapy (Soft Tissue Therapy) will loosen the knots at the trigger points, treat scar tissue, and promote blood flow to loosen your constricted muscles and heal the fibers faster and more completely than any other methods available.
If you have inflammation, use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack to bring down the swelling. Once the inflammation is reduced, nourishing and strengthening the muscle tissue and surrounding area is recommended which can be achieved through use of the T•Shellz Wrap®. Using STR Therapy (via the T•Shellz Wrap®) will speed soft tissue recovery, increase elasticity of your treated muscles and help heal your hamstring more completely. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist to find out which exercises are appropriate for your situation.
T•Shellz Wrap® STR Therapy
Injured tendons and muscles naturally receives a limited blood supply and when you stop moving your leg and knee because of the pain, the blood flow is reduced even further limiting your body's natural ability to heal itself.
By treating your hip and thigh trigger points with our TShellz Wraps you can increase your body's blood supply to the muscle fibers and increase your body's natural healing power.
A T•Shellz Wrap® is the tool you need to treat your sore hamstring at home. Deep heat is induced at the injury site and this heat induces a heightened blood circulation. An enhanced blood circulation will increase the supply of oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue cells - this means enhanced circulation boosts the body's healing rate while simultaneouly relaxing surrounding muscles and other soft tissue. Our Leg/Arm T•Shellz Wrap® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
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Improved blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins that have built up over time in your trigger point location. When you stop moving your hip and leg due to hamstring pain, your muscles and other tissue can become weaker, circulation drops, and dead cells and toxins in the area build up, leading to further tissue deterioration - this can lead to atrophy. By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your muscle and other tissue, the risk of atrophy (muscle weakness and/or deterioration) is greatly reduced. Keeping your leg, hip, and knee soft tissue as healthy as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve leg strength and flexibility once your pain has gone and your trigger point pain has healed.
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