A Brief History
Trigger point Therapy can be tricky without the right tool. The triggerstick is the brainchild of a Durban based Chiropractor, Dr Francois Botha. He recognised the need for his patients and the public to have access to and effective way of relieving themselves of the aches and pains caused by muscular trigger points (knots).
Q1: What is the trigger stick?
The triggerstick is a tool that allows you to gain access to muscle knots that are difficult to locate and treat by ourselves. It can be used in the comfort of your home or office.
It helps provide effortless relief of the aches and pains associated with muscular trigger points.
Q2: What is a trigger point?
Infamously known to most people as a KNOT!! Trigger points are hyper irritable spots in muscles and are responsible for a variety of aches and pains all over the body. Commonly associated with stiffness.
Muscle knots can either be “latent”, and produce pain and discomfort in a localized area around the trigger point. Or they can be “active”, and refer pain and discomfort into other areas of the body.
Q3: How do we get rid of trigger points?
Ischemic Compression: The application of slowly increasing, non-painful pressure over a trigger point.
Aa barrier of tissue resistance. After this you may Increase pressure to reach a new barrier, eliminate the tenderness and the tension in the trigger point.
(Travell, Simons and Simons 1999 1:8).
“In essence what this means is that we need to apply pressure to the tender nodules in our muscles.”
Q4: How do I use the triggerstick?
Clients can reach the trigger points in some of the most hard to reach muscles using the Triggerstick. The back has many muscles that work daily to allow us to perform simple activities. The diagrams below show you how to hold the triggerstick whilst being able to access these points.
Apply pressure to the trigger point to where mild discomfort is felt. The mild discomfort will ease after a few seconds of pressure. The Pressure needs to be increased to where the mild discomfort returns. Repeat this process several times throughout the day.
The tension and the pain caused by the trigger point will start to dissipate.