Pain Relief with Trigger Point Therapy

The following is an excerpt of Pain Relief with Trigger Point Self-Help:

When pressed, trigger points feel like “knots” or tight bands in the muscle, and are usually very tender. Healthy muscles usually do not contain knots or tight bands, are not tender to pressure, and when relaxed, they feel soft and pliable to the touch, not hard and dense, even if you work-out. When trigger points are present, on the microscopic level, part of the muscle fiber is contracted into a small thickened area, and the rest of the fiber is stretched thin. Several of these muscle fiber contractures in the same area are probably what we feel as a “knot” in the muscle. These muscle fibers are not available for use because they are already contracted, which is why you cannot condition (strengthen) a muscle that contains trigger points. The sustained contraction probably leads to the release of sensitizing chemicals, producing the pain that is felt when the trigger point is pressed.3 Eventually some of the structural changes may be irreversible if trigger points are left untreated for long enough.

What exactly is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is not a muscle spasm. A muscle spasm is an increase in muscle tension which shortens a muscle.  A trigger point is a very small portion of a muscle that becomes tense. Muscle spasms can be released quickly, whereas a trigger point takes some repeated pressure to release the tension. When a trigger point is active, it can refer pain to other areas of the body.  An example is Piriformis Syndrome.  This is a condition that occurs when a tight Piriformis muscle puts pressure on the sciatic nerve causing sciatica type pain … pain that can radiate down the entire leg to the ankle.



Trigger Point Therapy is a technique for relieving pain by finding the source of the pain, then applying repeated sessions of direct pressure. The Bum Wrap offers a self care tool that uses heat for relaxation and circulation and therapy balls for direct pressure on the trigger points.