Can TriggerPoint help my running?
In the world
of running, all you need are a good pair of shoes and an open
road. The first thing people neglect is the body. We continually
do things and take things to allow the body to cover up the pain
we go through. But have you ever stopped to realize that all the
medicine or bandages in the world may never address the problems
that cause the symptoms? Eventually, you may have to stop doing
what you love because you are too focused on the now
rather than a lifetime of running.
Trigger Point Technologies believe we are
creating the oil for human performance. Think about it: When you
run out of gas in a car you can easily refill it and still get to
where you need to go. If you run out of oil in a car, the engine
will stop, lock up, and it is very difficult to get it back into
If you look
at the human body the same way, you can always replace the food
(fuel) to give you energy, but what happens when your muscles
loose their elasticity. They start to adhere together, and
movement becomes painful, biomechanics are diminished, and you
have to stop training. Then, it is a long road to get your body
back into operation.
their oil replaced every time they go out on the track. This is
to ensure the engine performs at its highest level. If you
rejuvenize the muscles with elasticity by force-feeding blood and
oxygen into the center or belly of those muscles, the result is
added power, better performance and injury prevention. Your
muscles are able to withstand a longer level of activity without
breaking down. If muscle health is so important, why is it always
the last thing to think about?
manipulate the muscles in the manner that we at Trigger
Point Technologies have defined, you will be a more
biomechanically sound runner and a more efficient athlete. As a
runner, you might be the fastest or the slowest, but you are
still putting an enormous amount of effort into it. This defines
you as an athlete, so treat your body as such. Make sure you get
plenty of sleep, your electrolytes are high, your nutrition is
proper, and that you are removing the toxins set within the
muscles. We believe that by manipulating the muscles on an
everyday basis, you are going to be a better athlete because you
are giving your muscles the attention they deserve.
Below is a
list of muscle manipulations we believe will make the difference
between your personal best and your personal defeat. If achieved
before and after you run, your body will feel more active versus
reactive. An active muscle you can depend on; a reactive muscle
is unpredictable. This is going to allow you to run forward
rather than up and down. Up and down is a waste of time and
effort; forward will get you where you want to go.
I) Start with
the soleus muscle located just below your calf. Use the
TP Massage FootBaller to manipulate this area
and elevate with the Baller Block. Remember to
keep your foot relaxed and to take deep breaths. If you do not
incorporate proper breathing, the manipulation will not work.
This manipulation should last 2 to 3 minutes on each leg. For
best results, perform this treatment especially before a
second area that you want to address is the quads, specifically
the rectus femoris and the TFL. The best way to manipulate these
areas is to use the new TP Massage QuadBaller.
It allows you to use your own body weight, not your hands, to
create the desired elasticity. The manipulation should take a few
minutes on each leg. Don’t forget to breathe deeply. By
doing this manipulation, you are going to allow your pelvis to
seat properly on your hips. Otherwise, once your pelvis starts to
tilt the IT Bands, hamstrings and lower back become reactive
needed, address the piriformis. This is the pain in your butt.
When your piriformis is in spasm your stride is shortened and any
pelvic tilt is intensified. When manipulating this area use the
TP Massage Ball in the buttock cheek, hold for 3
to 5 seconds and take a deep breath. Then raise the associated
knee outward and upward towards your shoulder. The manipulation
should last about 30 seconds.
This is a
very helpful way to keep you running day in and day out. Whether
it is a race or training day, the results are amazing. For more
specific information please visit the "Injury Prevention section
on our website to educate yourself so you can BE
your potential rather than just desire your
> Soleus and the Posterior
2-3 times a day
Remember to breath and keep
the foot relaxed.
> quads (Rectus Femoris) and the IT Band Area with
2 times a day or as
Apply pressure as
Massage Ball > piriformis and lower back
2 times a day or
Notice how he
externally rotates the knee.
Remember, if you sit on a ball for 20 minutes it will
feel like you sat on a ball for 20