If your workout style is vigorous or if you are a beginner, you are well aware of the muscle knots that form post workout and can become painful and create a great deal of discomfort. It is very important to manage your post workout strains on the body as it will help you recover faster so you can get back to your exercise and workout routines.
Whether it is Yoga, HIIT, weight training at the gym or Pilates, you need to realize that while you’re at it, you’re putting a really high amount of strain on your muscles, especially when you are new to physical exercise as your muscle movement has been restricted for a long time, which can cause a great deal of discomfort and soreness at the beginning due to the build-up of lactic acid.
What are Trigger Points or Muscle knots?
Sensitive areas of tight muscle fibres can form in your muscles after post workout injuries or even a stressful workout. These sensitive areas are called trigger points or muscle knots. A trigger point in a muscle can cause strain and pain throughout the muscle. When this pain persists and worsens, doctors call it myofascial pain syndrome.
Trigger points can lead to the development of other symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, ringing in the ear, eye pain and inflammation of muscles and so it’s important that you manage and regulate them.
How to Deal with Trigger Points?
Trigger Point Ball Therapy
Trigger point ball therapy is like foam rolling; however, it allows for a more targeted and precise relieve to aching muscles. A trigger point ball is beneficial in targeting muscles of the back, neck, hips, thighs, hamstrings, chest, calves, piriformis and gluts. A little bit of practice to figure out how to best maximize pressure effectively to the muscles will help you locate the right spot.
The targeting of the muscles is best done when you lie down on the trigger point ball, pitching it between the desired targeted muscles and the wall/floor. Once you have applied the right pressure at the right location, you should feel a clear and muscular sensation, like the release of a pressure from your muscles.
A good massage helps reduce muscle tension, improves circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system. When pressed correctly on the right muscle groups, massages can even help relieve trigger points and muscle knots just like a trigger point ball.
Most massagers are wireless and hassle-free with different modes and attachments to cover every muscle part of your body.