Trigger Point Therapy Might Help!
I wanted to add information about my discovery of trigger point therapy.
This is therapy I can do myself when I need it most. I don’t think I’m being too dramatic by saying
that this has been a game-changer for me.
While the physiology of trigger points isn’t well-understood, we can all find spots on a muscle
that hurt more intensely than the rest of the muscle. By searching for these spots and
massaging them, the muscle can often be coaxed into releasing the stored energy that is causing it
be so tense. For cervicogenic migraines, there are specific trigger points that definitely help.
For instance, you can get amazing relief from finding the trigger points on the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
This is a very large muscle attached to the clavicle bone in the front and the base of the head towards the back.
However, there are major nerves and arteries located in this region of the neck.
It’s very important that you research how to properly find and massage these trigger
points so that you don’t accidentally damage the nerves and arteries.
Trigger point charts and books are good starting points. However,
you must get familiar with your own trigger points and the muscles involved with your pain.
For example, trigger points in my gluteus maximus and gluteus minimus muscles
are sometimes the keys to relieving my cervicogenic migraine!
The best part about trigger point therapy is that it’s something you can do to help yourself when
you probably feel the most desperate and helpless. There are lots of charts, guides, and books.
The only tools you need are your fingers, knuckles, or tennis ball. This therapy is well worth a try.