SO what do we know about trigger pointing? It hurts. I forget to do it. And I can’t always find time to do it. But I can’t live without it.
Trigger points are discrete spots located in skeletal muscle, that produce pain either on the trigger point or in a referred nature. A one off injury or repetitive microtrauma may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers and the formation of trigger points. These points cause frequent, persistent pain and a decreased range of motion in the affected muscles, and usually the muscle shuts down to protect itself. In turn, the muscles used to maintain body posture and correct movement are compromised.
At Acceleration we believe in trigger pointing whenever you get the chance. Our athletes are made to trigger point before training in order to increase their range of motion in the muscles, which will increase performance and decrease risk of injury. Although trigger pointing is a great method of self-treatment for those already-sore spots, it is important that we have a preventative approach to trigger pointing. This means that even if you do not currently have any painful spots, by being consistent with your trigger pointing you can decrease the chance of injury dramatically. It doesn’t always feel nice at the time, but it feels better than an injury!
The theory behind trigger pointing is explained well in the video below, which looks at how trigger points occur in the body and how they are released. Trigger pointing is most effective when it is worked into an athlete’s daily routine.
Have you done your self release lately? I’m off now to spend some time on the ball!
Trigger pointing explained…