What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are specific, hyperirritable and hypersensitive areas in muscle that can suffer from decreased circulation, increased contraction and spasm, and a build up of toxins and waste. Lack of circulation creates a high level of toxins and increased nerve sensitivity that can range from a low ache to a sharp pain.
Healthy muscle fibers are neither contracted nor stretched when at rest. When contracted the muscle fibers are closer together and when stretched, further apart. In a muscle that is causing pain, the fibers develop a knot and are in a constant state of contraction. The fibers around the knot are stretched by the excess tension and the muscle fibers become tighter.
With the continuous contraction, blood flow is restricted in the area and essential oxygen and nutrients are prevented from reaching the muscle tissue. This causes toxins and waste to build up in the muscle and you will experience trigger point pain, tension, irritation, and spasm.
Now, just because the trigger point causes the pain does not mean that the spot is painful itself. When the pain is located at the tense muscle spot it is called a primary trigger point. However, pain can also manifest itself in areas away from the active trigger point - such pain is called referred pain. It is important to treat the spot that causes the referred pain and not the location of the pain itself.
Tigger points cause pain more often than any other condition and are drastically under-diagnosed due to lack of information. Trigger point pain is usually a factor in most injuries although treating the trigger points is often overlooked. A common condition related to triggers points is known as myofascial pain.
Symptoms of Trigger Point Pain
The trigger point area will usually become more tender or sting when you push on the spot and the referred pain will increase in intensity. Other symptoms include:
- you will feel a knot or hard lump at the spot
- the muscle may twitch when the spot is pushed
- a deep ache in the back of the leg
- pain which may radiate in the hip, groin, or further down in the calf and achilles
Causes of Trigger Point Pain
Tender trigger points typically develop from lack of stretching or improper stretching but can also be caused from stress/trauma, overuse of a muscle, using incorrect equipment (i.e. a can that's too long, shoes without the correct support), or even poor posture or biomechanics.
Reduced circulation in trigger points will eventually lead to muscle shortening and restricted movement which further accentuates the pain, thus completing a cycle of decreased mobility and further pain. This commonly becomes the underlying cause of chronic pain, and the patient will continue to suffer until the problem trigger points are treated directly.
Mild trigger points can be addressed sometimes through massage and some sufferers maintain that acupuncture treats these problems as well. Permanent removal of chronic trigger points and conditions caused by this typically requires treatment using BFST® Therapy.
Treating Trigger Point Pain - What You Can Do!
If you have hamstring and thigh pain caused by tense, constricted muscles use of the Inferno Wrap® for your trigger points is a highly effective treatment. Trigger point pain is caused by constricted muscle fibers, forming knots, and eventually building toxins in the area. The trick to getting rid of this pain is loosening the knots to release the constricted muscle fibers. This will allow blood to flow through the fibers once again, bringing the vital oxygen and nutrients required for healthy tissue. The most effective and painfree way to loosen the knots at home is with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™.
In addition, you want to get your hamstring muscle tissue back in the best possible condition you can. To do this, it is important to treat the scar tissue that forms in the muscle when the damaged tissue begins to heal - something BFST® therapy is great at! Even with optimum healing, there is always less elasticity in previously injured muscles fibers. However, if you heal your trigger point pain properly with the Inferno Wrap® and treat scar tissue build up, your chance of chronic trigger point pain and chronic hamstring conditions later on is much lower than average.
There are healing tools that can help treat your hamstring muscle trigger point pain and speed up the healing process so you can get back to a life without further trigger point pain. Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (Inferno Wrap®) will loosen the knots at the trigger points, treat scar tissue, and promote blood flow to loosen your constricted muscles and heal the fibers faster and more completely than any other methods available.
Scar tissue can also bind muscle fibers together. The inflexible scar tissue limits the movement of your muscles that were once elastic leaving your tissue weaker than a healthy muscle and at greater risk of deterioration and possible tearing. Fortunately, you can treat your hamstring pain and trigger points with an Inferno Wrap® which will help release the knots, soften scar tissue, relax tense muscles, relieve muscle spasm, and improve the motion and flexibility of your hamstring, hip and knee.
Once the inflammation of your hamstring injury has been reduced, nourishing and strengthening the tendon tissue and surrounding area is recommended. Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ will speed your recovery and heal your hamstring muscles more completely preparing it for strengthening exercises. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist to find out which exercises are appropriate for your situation.
Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
After severe inflammation and swelling is reduced you can begin to treat your hamstring tendons and muscles with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®). BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your thigh to nourish your soft tissue to speed healing.
The hamstring muscles and tendons naturally receive a limited blood supply and when you stop moving your leg because it hurts the blood flow is reduced even further, limiting your body's natural ability to heal itself.
By treating your hamstrings with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to your legs and increase your body's natural healing power.
An Inferno Wrap® is the tool you need to treat your sore hamstring because it speeds healing and relaxes the surrounding muscles. With BFST®, tissues are safely and gently stimulated. Your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area, increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue cells to promote healing. Our Leg/Arm Inferno Wrap® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
In addition, the improved blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins that have built up from your trigger point pain. When you stop moving your leg due to pain, your muscles and other tissue can become weaker and dead cells and toxins in the area can cause further tissue deterioration - this can lead to atrophy. By clearing the area of toxins and increasing the amount of oxygen and nutrients to your muscle and other tissue, the risk of atrophy (muscle weakness and/or deterioration) is greatly reduced. Keeping your hamstring, hip, and knee tissue as healthy as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to improve strength in your leg again once your pain has gone and your trigger point pain has healed.
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With these 3 easy therapies: , Freezie Wrap® cold compression therapy, Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ through use of the Inferno Wrap® device and rehabilitative stretching through use of the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device, you will notice significantly reduced pain and an incredible improvement in your hamstring pain.
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Please be aware that this information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.