But when you have long-term, ongoing pain, you know it’s not always as easy as popping a pill.
After all, you want the pain to stop, but you don’t want to live your life constantly on medications, either.
That’s what makes muscle trigger points that ease pain such an important tool in your pain management skill set.
They are a completely natural, medication-free way of easing pain.
You read that correctly: muscle trigger points do not use medicine to ease your pain.
If you’re familiar with acupressure, those are the muscle trigger points we’re talking about.
A 2,000 Year Old Pain Remedy
Using muscle trigger points, or acupressure, to ease pain has been practiced for more than 2,000 years, so you know it works – even if it doesn’t seem like it would be effective.
The pressure on the muscle trigger points helps to relax the muscles and stimulate blood flow, so you end up relieving pain, sometimes in entirely different parts of the body.
The key is to be patient and consistent. Hold steady firm pressure on the muscle trigger point for a full minute. Then massage in a firm, circular motion for at least another thirty seconds.
And since there is absolutely no medicine involved, you can activate your muscle triggers points whenever and for however long you want!
Where’s the Pain and Where’s the Muscle Trigger Point
1. Neck Pain. If you’ve moved it too fast, or slept on it the wrong way, neck pain inhibits your whole day. When you can’t turn your head without pain, it’s hard to do anything else without pain!
Try any or all of these three muscle trigger points to get you moving again.
Inside wrist – Find the spot where your thumb and wrist connect. Now, measure approximately two finger widths up your forearm from there. That’s the muscle trigger point.
Top of wrist – Feel where the bones of your forearm reach your wrist. You’ll find a small indentation. That’s the muscle trigger point, and where you want to put firm, but gentle, pressure.
Between thumb and index finger – You know that fatty web between your thumb and forefinger? It’s a muscle trigger point. Squeeze that web between your other thumb and forefinger for best results.
Note: this muscle trigger point works to relieve pain throughout most of your body. It will be mentioned throughout this article and makes an excellent starting place, no matter where your pain is.
2. Shoulder pain. Shoulder pain can be difficult to treat because it’s difficult to get to. But not if you’re using muscle trigger points! So if you’re dealing with arthritis in the shoulder, or if you just lifted something too heavy, these three techniques will relieve even the deepest shoulder pain.
Front shoulder – One of the few muscle trigger points located on the site of pain, you can relieve shoulder pain by putting pressure at the right place on your shoulder. Cross your arm over your chest, so the elbow bends at about a 90* angle. You’ll be able to feel a vertical groove at the front of your shoulder. Massage the center of this groove.
Back of pinkie finger – Rest your hand on a table or your knee. Don’t worry about getting it perfectly flat. It may be easier to see the place if your fingers are in a natural position. You’ll find a groove between your pinkie and ring fingers. That’s the muscle trigger point. Yes, for your shoulder.
Thumb and index finger – The web works for shoulder pain, as well.
3. Upper back pain. If you spend too much time hunched over a computer or smart phone, you’re probably far too familiar with upper back pain already. Luckily, you’ve already learned how to alleviate that pain.
Back of pinkie finger – The same muscle trigger point that helps ease shoulder pain can help relieve upper back pain. Find that groove between your pinkie and ring finger and press firmly for a minute or so.
4. Lower back pain. Like shoulder pain, and perhaps even moreso, lower back pain can take over your whole day. Every move hurts. But it doesn’t have to be this way any longer.
Either side of spine – You’ve probably dug your thumbs into this muscle trigger point before to help with lower back pain. It’s instinctive because it works. You’re aiming for your back, at about belly button level. Measure approximately two inches out from your spine, on both sides. Those are the spots that will help.
Just above the hips – From those muscle trigger points, slide your thumbs down until they rest just above your hips. These are two more spots that will respond to pressure.
Top of foot – Given that sandal season is wrapping up, you may need to work on this muscle trigger point at home. Start with your foot flat on the floor, and find where your big toe and second toe meet. Slide your finger down that groove along the top of your foot until you reach the place where the two bones meet in a V. The muscle trigger point is right in the crux of the V.
Thumb and index finger – Yes, this one works for lower back pain, too!
5. Knee pain. One of the most common places for arthritis pain is the knee. You keep moving it, so it doesn’t stiffen up, and that’s good, but you also just need pain relief. Try these…
Shin – Start at your knee cap. Slide your thumb down, approximately four inches. Find the outside of your shin bone. Move your foot up and down. You should feel a muscle “popping out” underneath your thumb. That’s how to tell if you’ve found the right place.
Thumb and index finger – As always, this is a good muscle trigger point for knee pain, as well.
And for the final touch, combine muscle trigger point massage with Soothanol X2 for a one-two combination that will give you long-term pain relief, without pills or scary medications.
No need to worry about where you are when pain strikes, or when you last took a pill. Muscle trigger point massage and Soothanol X2 – live the natural, pain-free life you’ve been longing for!