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Most People blog about their own life, but I want to blog about YOUR life. Each blog I will address different “issues” people are having with their bodies. I often get very similar complaints and questions from my clients, so I want to talk about these. Over time I will address low back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, muscle cramps and other various questions people have on how to take care of their body. I will also include various products that help the skin, muscles and your body overall. And of course, I will share the many different types and style of massage, along with their benefits. So check back in often to learn all these tips to help your body ¬†feel more relaxed, more loose and overall healthier!

Today’s topic will be Trigger Points and my VERY favorite little device called the Theracane. Obviously, a good massage therapy session will give the most relief from your tight muscles and Trigger Points, but I also want to teach you about what YOU can do at home between sessions. Trigger Po…. what? Most people call Trigger Points “knots.” So we’re going to talk about those annoying “knots” that you get in your shoulder, middle of your back, low back, neck, or anywhere! A Trigger Point is a “Firm, palpable, highly irritable spot in a taut band of muscle fibers or fascia characterized by exquisite tenderness, referred pain and loss of range of motion.” These Trigger points can develop in any muscle group throughout the entire body. Below is a picture of the Trigger Points throughout the body.

They can cause referral pain. That means that a Trigger Point in one muscle can send pain to a different area of the body. For example, a Trigger Point in the shoulder can send referral pain, or tingling down the arm. It can even cause numbness in your fingers! Or maybe you have been having bad headaches. That could be from a Trigger Point in one of your neck muscles. I have even had clients complain of sciatica like symptoms, and guess what? It was from a Trigger Point! Once we released that Trigger Point their pain was gone. Trigger Points also decrease range of motion, meaning how much you can move, or rotate a particular muscle.

So where does the Theracane come in? The Theracane is designed to release the Trigger Points in your body. What I love about the Theracane is that you don’t need a “Therapist” to help you use it. It is a one person task… just YOU. As you see from the pictures, the Theracane has handles that you hold on to and use to apply the appropriate pressure to the area that is bothering you. I love this for the time between my massages. When I get a headache from tight neck muscles I just pull out the Theracane and release those Trigger Points and get rid of my headache. Everyone that tests mine out says something like, “Oh, I have got to get one of those!” So just go online, search “Theracane,” and order one! It is a wonderful tool every household should have. It is also a great gift to give someone you know is having pain, and lots of built up tension.

 

Below are steps and tips to use your Theracane.

  • Identify the “knots” you have in your body.
  • One at a time, position the Theracane on the knot and apply pressure. (You should apply a decent amount of pressure to release the Trigger Point. Some people feel referral sensations or pains. That is a good sign that you are in fact on a Trigger Point. Don’t stop if it hurts a little. As you hold the pressure that “hurt” will slowly go down and your Trigger Point will be released).
  • Hold the pressure for one to two minutes, or until you feel the knot release. (Over time of using the Theracane often you will become more aware of your body and what it feels like when the knots release).
  • Take deep breaths while applying pressure and relax.
  • Use often to help keep the knots down. Don’t wait for them to build up so much and get huge.
  • Get regular massage to help keep your muscles loose.
  • Use the Theracane in your “down time.” You could use it while you’re just watching T.V. or anytime!

The Theracane also comes with a “How To” manual to figure out how to make the most out of your Theracane.

 

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