Can stretching really help to relieve trigger points?
There is much debate about the potential of stretching to treat trigger points, and sadly there is too little research. What we do know from decades of combined experience, is that specific stretching exercises may help to dissipate trigger points in many key muscles.
Over the years we have worked closely with exercise professionals including yoga and pilates instructors to develop stretching programs to compliment our trigger point therapy protocols.
When we are treating clients with trigger point therapy, we almost always advise stretching programs for the clients to do at home between treatments. Time after time we see a faster improvement in those clients who stick to these stretching routines.
The stretching doesn't have to take long, but it has to be performed correctly to be accurately targeted.
Here are 5 shoulder stretches that we regularly recommend to our clients:
1. Great for trigger points in the "Pecs"!
Kneel on the floor in front of a chair or table and interlock your forearms above your head. Place your arms on the object and lower your upper body toward the ground.
Muscles that you're stretching
Primary muscles: Pectoralis major and minor. Anterior deltoid. Secondary muscles: Serratus anterior. Teres major.
Injury where this may help dissipate trigger points