Finding trigger points on my muscles

Yesterday, right before I had to leave for work, the lower, left side of my back was real achy. I knew I had some trigger points, but I didn’t have time to massage them out, so I took some pain reliever. When I got to work I felt very hampered by my back as I […]

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There are numerous muscular stresses that activate trigger points. When the muscles are not warm and ready to respond, an annoying trigger point can develop with any sudden movement. It could possibly be one or numerous troublesome trigger points as the muscles react to the event. It can happen with a simple trip over your own two […]

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My mother had been complaining that her favorite shoes were hurting her feet. The painful problem area was on the outside of her foot, near her pinky toe. It was distressing for her. She has never had any problems with them before. The only limits she puts on her shoes is a preference for lower heels. “Perhaps the […]

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I know every good bathroom in town. I couldn’t finish a shopping trip without visiting one of them. It was not possible to completely empty my bladder…for years. Yes, I had the embarrassing problem of urinary frequency. I thought it had something to do with having babies and that it simply got worse with age. […]

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We grow up thinking if it hurts, don’t touch it, leave it alone. In trigger point therapy, where it hurts is usually where you find problematic muscle knots. To release the knot you have to massage it away. You have to touch it! It can really hurt, but it’s a manageable level of pain. After […]

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I‘ll never forget this woman who was working at a local lingerie department. Her arms were so swollen and her hands were so puffy that her tiny, slim watch was nearly embedded into her wrist. It appeared as though the skin was growing up and around her watch. She would need to flex her wrist […]

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Yesterday I noticed an odd lump on my knee. Having  just completed a two mile session on the treadmill, I was taking the time for a good long stretch on the Total Gym – using it more or less like an incline bench. During this “hang” time I check for any points of pain or […]

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I suffered way too long with progressive muscle aches and pains that not only affected my ability to sleep but also my ability to get through the day. The worst pain was the combination of sciatica with the lower back ache. For more than ten years I dealt with it. Thankfully I stumbled upon a […]

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I just got back from a trip to the east coast, logging over 3000 miles in the car. My daily routine doesn’t include much driving, let alone sitting for 8 hours. I am so glad it doesn’t because of the nasty trigger points that popped up during the trip. The first muscle knots I noticed […]

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My right leg was giving me all kinds of problems. Everything from aches and pains to numbness with pins and needles. I assumed it was sciatica. The whole leg, from hip to foot, was driving me crazy. I tried stretching and flexing, bringing my knee to the chest, but it didn’t help at all. Modified […]

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Note: This site reflects my personal experience with trigger points, especially related to sciatica and lower back pain. It is one perspective, nothing more. Please seek the advice of a professional for medical treatment.