He was finishing his off-season conditioning and was about to begin his senior year as captain of his high school hockey team. He was one of the best players on the team. His complaint was pain in his left hip flexor and lower back. He had endured this debilitating pain during the last few weeks of weight training at a local fitness facility but kept it to himself until he just had to do something about the pain before Captain’s practices began. His doctor prescribed a pain killer and a muscle relaxant and two weeks of physical therapy four times a week, and rest – nothing relieved his pain. Now he was desperate. A neighbor suggested he come to me for help.
I asked him to lie face up on the table. When I checked his legs, his left leg was shorter than the right one. No one had previously checked this. I began to palpate the psoas muscle located near the edge of his hip. He winced. As I worked to release the trigger points…tiny knots of tissue…he relaxed. I checked his legs again and they were even. I asked him to turn over and I found and erased several trigger points in his quadratum muscle…the muscle you turn and twist with. I then asked him to stand.
“How is the back pain now?” I asked.
“Gone!” he said, incredulously. He walked around my treatment room and felt no pain . He and his dad just stood there speechless.
I pulled the trigger and stopped the pain.
Several trigger points in the psoas muscle and others caused these muscles to contract, pulling one hip higher than the other.
Trigger points are hypersensitive knots of tissue that form in muscle tissue causing contraction of the surrounding soft tissue. Each trigger point has its own distinct pattern of pain. Trigger points can form anywhere in the body and each one of them, once activated, can cause pain, inflexibility, and can affect the work of other muscles.
Research had indicated that trigger points contribute to about 75% of all soft tissue injuries and chronic myofascial pain conditions, particularly in athletes.
Athletes and active adults, in particular, suffer from trigger points for a variety of reasons including improper stretching, overuse, poor hydration and nutrition, stress and fatigue. Trigger points can be found in hamstrings and quads, often causing knee pain. Triggers in the shoulders can cause pain in the arms, neck and chest. Low back and hip pain is often the result of trigger points. These muscle contractions cause postural problems and poor posture causes injuries. Athletes try to play through these issues but could improve their performance dramatically once trigger points are identified and erased.
I have always been fascinated with trigger point therapy and have studied it for many years It is an amazing treatment process and it is too bad that doctors and other members of the traditional medical world ignore this. But you shouldn’t!