Trigger Points

Hi everybody. I didn’t see any posts here about trigger point therapy, so I leave an interesting story. A couple of months back I was throwing with bad mechanics and I got bicep “tendonitis” instantly. I ended up having to go to a therapists, but that was not very helpful. I believe I could have taught her a few things about exercise science. Anyways, after long months of therapy my shoulder was a little better. Recently the same pain popped up. I was extremely aggrvated. Luckily, I had the “Trigger Point Therapy Workbook.” With a few, quick, simple, and well-placed massages I was back and better than normal. I should have known that I didn’t have tendonitis after just one throwing session.
Alright, what is a trigger point? You can find a definition here:
http://www.aidmyrotatorcuff.com/trigger-points.php
. Is it useful to a pitcher? Absolutely, I would recommend that serious pitchers or those more prone to overuse to at least learn how to massage the trigger points of the four rotator cuff muscles. Can I do the massages on myself? Yes, and the three most useful tools are your hands, a tennis ball, or a thera cane. I highly suggest that everyone get the book “Trigger Point Therapy.” I will provide a link here:
http://triggerpointbook.com/
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The best thing about trigger point therapy is that it provides instant relief to those little nagging pains. I hope this posts benefits someone. Feel free to ask questions.
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I’m actually pretty interested in this topic. I do believe it has some merit - I’ve rolled around on tennis/lacrosse balls before and I do believe it has noticeable benefit.

But since you’re obviously not trying to sell us anything here, could you expand upon your previous post? Maybe even post a video of you doing some of the releases or describe in more detail how you go about doing them?

What is different from simply rolling on a lacrosse ball all over your shoulder and focusing extra on the really tight or tender areas of your rotator cuff?

Your rotator cuff consists of four muscles. They are the infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis, and the supraspinatus. You can search around this site to get a good idea of where these muscles are at: .


. By releasing tension in these muscles you will be less susceptible to tearing them, and you can also use them with less fatigue.

There is no difference really except that you are specifically targeting a muscle. By rolling a ball all over your shoulder, you may get them or you may not. For trigger points you also want a sustained pressure for about 10-20 seconds. It is quite painful sometimes.

To target the infraspinatus you can look at the two following links:

http://www.mypressureproducts.com/Infraspinatus_trigger_points.htm
and
http://www.triggerpointbook.com/shoulder.htm
. It is right on the back of the scapula.

The teres minor is located right below the infraspinatus. You can hit this one at the same time as the infraspinatus.

The supraspinatus is located right above the spine of the scapula. You can reach it with a thera cane or a similar object. Since I don’t want to buy one of those just for that, I jam a tennis ball between my shoulder and doorframe while supporting myself with my torso parallel to the floor. Make sure the ball does not slip.

The last muscle, the subscapularis, can be reached quite easily. Put your hand under your armpit. Then, lift your arm overhead and touch your opposite shoulder. You should feel scapula protude along with the subscapularis muscle. You will have to get these trigger points with you hand by pinching them.

If you are genuinly interested in learning about trigger points I highly suggest you purchase the “Trigger Point Therapy Workbook.” It will pay for itself. You should also remember that trigger points are not a panacea, but it is a useful tool to have.

I’m sorry, but I have no way of making a video.

I hope this helps you out some.