Trigger points are known as those pesky spots on our body that are hyper irritable. They are an extremely common cause of pain, and when pressed on can cause pain in another area. For instance, trigger points in the muscles of the shoulder neck and face are a common source of headaches. We are familiar with our upper shoulders (upper trapezius) being tight, which will feel good if someone massages it. This is an example of a self trigger point release, and is by far, my favorite.
Trigger points are part of the muscle spasm/pain cycle (Re-pain relief). To rid yourself of muscle spasms, which cause more pain, there are various devices that we refer to as trigger point releases.
Below I have compiled a ranked list of tools actually used in clinics that can be purchased for use at home. Being that there are so many items out there that claim they can “heal your pain”, I’ve tried to provide as much information as possible.
Massage ball set (2 lacrosse balls, 1 trigger point ball with soft spikes). Perhaps you don’t want to carry something big or heavy on you, but still want some pain relief on the go. As a long distance hiker, I was able to use a lacrosse ball which fit easily into my pack, to relieve my pain. Click here to learn some more information on the massage ball set.