Weekend Warrior and Trigger Points

Also from the latest edition of Institute for Integrative Healthcare, Leslie DeMatteo, LMT, MS, reported (but written a year and a half ago) that Kruger et al, in 2007, says that 1-3% of US adults are weekend warriors by 2 national surveys. Eighty-one percent of weekend warriors participated in household and transportation activities, and 65% participated in sports or exercise. Specifically, they were deemed weekend warriors because their bodies were not prepared for this level of activity. She relayed also that the following are very common weekend warrior injuries: cervical herniated discs, impingement or tears in or of the rotator cuff muscles, low back pain, anterior cruciate ligament and meniscal tears, muscle strains, tendinitis, ankle sprains, and trigger point activation. Activation in overused, overworked muscles can cause local and referred pain, which is the difference between trigger points and tender points. Trigger points are a consistent, chronic contracted muscle. Braun and Simonson, in 2008, reported that trigger points are usually activated by acute or repetitive overuse and is a localized area of hypertonicity that occur at the motor end unit, which is the neuromuscular junction. Massage therapists treat trigger points by direct pressure for about 30-45 seconds within, and working up to, the patient’s tolerance. We should follow by stretching and relaxing the muscle and maybe applying heat. We should also constantly remind the patient to breathe to disallow pressure buildup! People can prevent trigger points by adequate hydration and proper, consistent warming up!

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