Trigger Point Release: What You Need to Know

Pressure Point Massage vs. Trigger Point Massage

Finding pressure points on back muscles can help relieve tension and pain. Pressure point massage is based on the age-old technique of acupressure, made famous by Traditional Chinese Medicine, where it has been in use for about two millennia. All over the human body pressure points indicate the lines of energy connecting certain points of the body to different organs, muscles, or bodily systems.

But what are pressure points? Acupressure professionals use a body parts chart to note where all the relevant pressure points are. This acupressure points chart states that the pressure points for back pain are in the waist and under the belly button, but also near the spine and around the hips and pelvis. Pressure points for neck pain include areas of the face and hands with key neck pressure points being the shoulder pressure points located in the well of the shoulder.

Clearly, finding a pressure point for back pain is not the same as dealing with a trigger point. Triggers aren’t in set positions. They appear when muscles “forget” to relax properly after being contracted for long periods of time. It’s like a cramp that won’t go away or a tiny version of a muscle spasm. Finding this trigger point and applying pressure can help the muscle relax and release.

Trigger Points in Neck Muscles

Neck trigger points can lead to pain in the shoulders and back. Finding a neck trigger point can be tricky as it’s a small area and quite sensitive. What happens when a trigger point is released? You should feel that a tight knot has loosened and that the lump you were massaging feels less swollen. Associated pain should also be reduced.

Trigger Points in Back Muscles

The back is the most common place to get trigger points. In the upper back, knots are common between the scapula and the spine. In the lower back, they can appear just about anywhere. Firm but careful pressure and moderate heat may help.

Shoulder Trigger Points

Shoulders are susceptible to knots thanks to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles involving computers. Hunching and leaning over desks causes shoulder muscles to contract for long periods of time, which can cause a trigger point. Regular breaks, stretching, and massage can alleviate stiffness and pain.

How to Massage Back Muscles Properly

A professional masseuse is the best option when a full back massage is required. A qualified therapist really knows how to get knots out of back muscles that have tightened right up. However, there are ways to self-massage. One of these is to use a trigger or pressure point therapy massager.

Pressure Point Therapy Massager

There are many different forms of self-massaging tool. A common one for any knot in upper back muscles is a handle attached to a ball or a couple of balls. You hold the tool over your shoulder and line the balls up with the knot and apply pressure, often by leaning against a wall. Rolling the balls back and forth massages the muscle, which can loosen it up.

Other DIY methods for Releasing Trigger Points

Understanding how to get knots out of back muscles can really improve your quality of life. If you suffer regularly, get a back muscle chart and start to consider which muscles are often affected. Then you can discuss that with your doctor or physical therapist. It’s the same if you need to work on a trigger or pressure point in leg muscles. A leg muscle chart could help you understand which muscle is constantly becoming sore or swollen, and maybe help you figure out what’s causing it. Other recommended methods:
  • Heat
  • Cold
  • Natural remedies like mentholated balms rubbed on the area·

Get a massage map and learn to massage the affected muscles properly If you find that working on your own upper or lower back trigger points is unsuccessful, you could try doing a Google search for “trigger point therapy near me” or “trigger point massage near me.” Staring at a lower back muscle diagram and working that trigger point self-massage tool is of no help if the pain won’t go away. This could be a symptom of myofascial pain syndrome, which should be checked out by a medical professional as research into this condition is still ongoing.

If you can figure out what causes knots in your back, such as hunching over a computer or being immobile for long periods of time, do what you can to alleviate it. Take regular breaks at work where possible, and learn a few stretches to keep the muscles mobile. Try yoga or pilates to improve flexibility, and learn where your trigger release point is for when that problem muscle starts tightening up again. Use your knowledge of trigger points to bring back body parts to the pain-free life they used to enjoy.

How the VibroSculpt Can Help

Knowing how to get rid of a knot in your back could be about gaining a better understanding of trigger points. If you have a solid understanding of trigger points, using the VubroSculpt massager can help alleviate these knots of tightened or weakened muscle, preventing pain or stiffness from spreading.

Equipped with our innovative VibroSculp technology and special massage pads, the VibroSculpt thoroughly massages trigger points to relieve knots and other tense muscles in your back, arms, legs, and other areas of your body.

While the VibroSculpt provides helpful assistance in the treatment of trigger points, we suggest consulting with a physician for other ways you can complement your treatment.