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Trigger points

  • 09-04-2019 7:40am
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,981 ✭✭✭


    Has anyone any tips for preventing or treating trigger points in the shoulders?
    Absolutely plagued with them in the last year or so, as much as I enjoy running it's getting to the stage where I'm not willing to put up with the amount of pain that comes afterwards. :(


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,098 ✭✭✭✭Burkie1203


    ooter wrote: »
    Has anyone any tips for preventing or treating trigger points in the shoulders?
    Absolutely plagued with them in the last year or so, as much as I enjoy running it's getting to the stage where I'm not willing to put up with the amount of pain that comes afterwards. :(


    I do 50 arm rotations (arms out to the side and circle motion before a run.

    Also worth looking up some resistance band exercises too


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,370 ✭✭✭pconn062


    ooter wrote: »
    Has anyone any tips for preventing or treating trigger points in the shoulders?
    Absolutely plagued with them in the last year or so, as much as I enjoy running it's getting to the stage where I'm not willing to put up with the amount of pain that comes afterwards. :(

    Where did you get the trigger point diagnosis?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,981 ✭✭✭ooter


    pconn062 wrote: »
    Where did you get the trigger point diagnosis?

    I didn't, maybe I've got it wrong and they're not trigger points, others may call them knots.
    Repetitive movement of my arms seems to bring it on, and that seems to be one of the causes of myofascial trigger points.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,414 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D


    Sounds like physio obfuscation to me. Never heard the term. What does it feel like when running? Maybe just conscious relaxation would do the trick.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,673 ✭✭✭juke


    Do sports massages help?

    If so, you could invest in something like a Thera Cane - can be therapeutic while tellyboxing.

    thera_cane.jpg


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,414 ✭✭✭✭Murph_D


    Ah here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,807 ✭✭✭skyblue46


    I've seen it all now!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,673 ✭✭✭juke


    skyblue46 wrote: »
    I've seen it all now!!

    Works though!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,981 ✭✭✭ooter


    Murph_D wrote: »
    Sounds like physio obfuscation to me. Never heard the term. What does it feel like when running? Maybe just conscious relaxation would do the trick.

    That's the thing, it doesn't hurt while running but the following day the pain kicks in. Massage gets rid of it to a degree but the knots and the pain always return, so frustrating.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,370 ✭✭✭pconn062


    Sounds to me like the muscles are overloaded and running is a trigger. Do you work at an office job/computers? Any other stress factors involved? Stress is usually a big player in shoulder/neck pain. I would suggest a bit of strength work for the traps/neck rotators. Shrugs/lateral raises/shoulder press.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,370 ✭✭✭pconn062


    Murph_D wrote: »
    Sounds like physio obfuscation to me. Never heard the term. What does it feel like when running? Maybe just conscious relaxation would do the trick.

    It's a pretty well known term in the physio/physical therapy/sports therapy world. Not one I like mind you, or even that I agree with, but definitely not made up on the whim by some physio.

    Nice (but long) unbiased science based article here: https://www.painscience.com/tutorials/trigger-points.php


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,981 ✭✭✭ooter


    pconn062 wrote: »
    Sounds to me like the muscles are overloaded and running is a trigger. Do you work at an office job/computers? Any other stress factors involved? Stress is usually a big player in shoulder/neck pain. I would suggest a bit of strength work for the traps/neck rotators. Shrugs/lateral raises/shoulder press.

    Yeah I've been office based for the last 7 years but changed jobs 3 weeks ago and now I'm more active and outdoors a lot more and not so sedintary during working hours. Strength training seemed to aggravate it in the past so stopped doing it, might introduce it back in again.


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