What are Trigger Points? Simply speaking they are tight knots in the muscles that hurt when you touch them. Trigger Points are a result of contractions that can not release in microscopic muscle units – sarcomeres. This muscle “congestion” points limit blood flow in the tissue and can refer pain or numbness to other areas of the body.
Trigger Points are present in virtually anyone especially in some of the most used and abused muscles of the body: back muscles, trapezius, hamstrings, quads etc. They can be aggravated by an injury, overuse during exercise, habitual poor posture and repetitive daily tasks. These tight knots can be painful (or refer pain to a different location) but even more often they will cause tightness and weakness in the nearby area.
Knowing the location and release techniques for most common Trigger Points is an utterly useful tool for any Pilates Professional. While most of the Pilates teachers are familiar with foam rolling, Trigger Point Release using simple tools (small massage balls or even tennis balls) is far more effective in releasing tightness and helping clients reach their fitness goals.
The new addition to the PilatesBridge PRO Library is the Myofascial Trigger Point Release Guide. Here is what is included:
- Practical techniques to release trigger points in all accessible muscles of the body
- Over 200 minutes of video demonstrations available for streaming on any device
- Muscles Charts that include Trigger Point location and pain referral patterns
- Detailed instructions on how to locate and release Trigger Points in different positions (standing, lying down, sitting etc.)
- Instructions on how to choose the best size and hardness to successfully reach Trigger Points in different muscles