Thursday, March 24, 2011
Do you get knots in your muscles?  Or are you sore and tight after a particularly hard workout and you wish there was a way to speed up the muscle recovery?  Or do you just feel lazy simply sitting in front of the TV watching glee, and you want to do something to make you feel better about yourself and your fitness....

Well, have no fear!  TriggerPoint products are here!

This product has me at it's name.  Personally, I think that if I ever had a single trigger point injection, it would be like crack and I'd never be able to stop.  Not that I'm opposed to someone sticking a small needed into a very angry little muscle spasm... it's just hard to do alone, in front of the TV.  And that's why TriggerPoint therapy exists!  The premise (as I understand it) is this.  Exercise can and does create trigger points of focal muscle spasm that 1) hurt, and 2) decrease flexibility and muscle performance.  If you can release these spasms, blood flow to the muscle increases, pain decreases, and performance improves.  Traditional stretching, while still good as a general practice, is not the best way to release these focal spasms.  It's like trying to get rid of a knot in a rope by pulling on it... not gonna do the trick.  Instead, you've got to work it around until it breaks free.

Enter: Trigger Point.  The products (in the starter kit, that includes the footballer, baller block, and massage ball)  are designed to provide focal pressure for a short amount of time to trigger points, releasing them and allowing the muscle to stretch and relax.  To do this, you place you leg (in the case of the footballer), back (in the case of the massage ball), or other muscle that hurts if you have more equipment, onto the appropriate device, roll it around until you find that spot that hurts, and let it rest there with gentle pressure until you feel the pain release. 

It's wonderful, I love it, and I want more.  Like, one for each leg, two massage balls, and the bigger one for quads, hammies, back, and such.  I love that it's a great way to target trigger points at home. 

So far, I've used it a couple times and am a big fan of the results.  Sometimes my back and shoulders get so tight my fingers tingle, and I just can't get comfortable.  It's hard to use my other hand to try and hit some trigger points, and the massage ball works great! 

If you do any sort of exercise that leaves you feeling sore, I recommend you invest in these products.  I do say invest, because they are a bit pricey.  But from what I can tell so far, the quality is excellent, and they work.  In my opinion, that makes them worth the money!

For more info on these products, and others they offer, head on over to their website here

Adventure on!


About Me

I am a Family Medicine intern at a community hospital in Indiana, navigating the new world of being a physician. I am privileged to work in a field I love, where every day is a new and unpredictable challenge.
I am not only a doctor, but also a cyclist, runner, DIYer in the making, lover of the outdoors, traveler, and human.
Human, MD is a glimpse into the world of a young doctor who is just trying to stay true to herself through the grueling whirlwind of residency.


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