What happens when a trigger point is released?
Trigger points are involuntary tight tender spots in a contracted muscle. This creates pain and dysfunction within the muscle. When a muscle is overused or injured a contraction develops and knots occur. These knots develop when individual muscle fibers are over-stimulated and unable to release their contracted state.
What does it feel like when a knot releases?
Muscles knots can cause aching sensations and pain in your muscles and joints. When you touch a muscle knot, it may feel swollen, tense, or bumpy. It could also feel tight and contracted, even when you’re trying to relax, and they’re often sensitive to the touch.
How long does it take for trigger point therapy to work?
Some patients will experience immediate relief, however, it usually takes 24 to 72 hours for the effects of the steroid medication to take effect and it may be up to 1 week before the maximum benefits are achieved. Trigger injections target the pain being caused by muscular problems.
How do you relieve trigger points?
De-stress your muscle
- Rub it out. Massage the trigger point and try to loosen up those taught muscle fibers.
- Soothe the hurt. Anti-inflammatories can help wipe out muscle pain.
- Find the root. Try to identify what’s “stressing out” your muscle.
- Get moving.