What do you know about trigger points?


I get this question quite a bit – and there’s a few different answers.

For starters, many, many people have trigger points in their back. It’s one of the commonest places.

One of the major causes of lower back pain is a muscle called the quadratus lumborum (QL for short). This muscle is quite deep, and really the best way to reach it is when you’re lying down.

This is because when you’re lying down the muscles over the quadratus lumborum aren’t active. So it’s much easier to get down to the QL muscle and switch off its triggers.

Quadratus Lumborum

But how do you reach the muscle?

You can try to do this with your hands, but a much better method is to use either a ball – like a lacrosse, tennis or squash ball – or a tool like a theracane.

What I love about the theracane is you can be quite precise. You can use just as much pressure as you need to.

And you can search around your back – while lying down – until you’ve found and switched off ALL the trigger points. This works just as well on trigger points in your upper back and shoulders.

It’s a beautiful thing to be able to get in there and turn off triggers whenever your back is feeling stiff and sore. And to do this without straining your hands or arms. (Possibly while lying in the sun.)

I have a theracane that lives permanently at my clinic – so I can show patients how to use it to switch off their triggers. And in the Trigger Point Course – I go step by step how you can use it to turn off triggers on all the muscle that are otherwise hard to reach.

– Jonathan

The Complete Guide to Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain (2016)

A “muscle knot” is a trigger point: a small patch of muscle tissue in spasm. A few trigger points here and there is usually just an annoyance. Many bad ones is a syndrome: myofascial pain syndrome ( MPS ).

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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