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Treating Trigger Points in Gastrocnemius - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner

 

Ischemic Compression Technique

 

The gastrocnemius is the largest and most superficial of the calf muscles. It has the soleus and tibialis posterior muscles lying deep to it.

Gastrocnemius trigger points are a common cause of painful injuries. Thankfully these trigger points are easy to identify and treat.

Trigger points in these muscles will often refer pain even in their latent sate. This is common for people who stand or walk for long periods daily, especially ladies who wear high heeled shoes.

When these trigger points are active, they typically refer pain to the back of the knee, calf, heel, and foot.

 

Gastrocnemius Trigger Point Self Help

Recommended Self help Tool - Jacknobber. Use the Jacknobber's "feet" to hold it in place whilst you massage the calf muscles by moving your leg.

 

   

  

 

 

  

 

 

This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 

 

  

   

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Scraping, a manual, ancient practice where pain points are worked with a gua sha (smooth-edged tool), reportedly increases blood flow by up to 400 per cent more than foam rolling and massage guns. By breaking up old, damaged blood vessels to promote new growth and healing, these tools are useful for getting into the nooks and crannies of a pain point, especially in delicate areas like along the shin muscles and under the foot.

Tim Tian has taken the scraper idea and supercharged it, creating a manual, triangular tool that blends heat and vibration therapy. “Cold blades stiffen muscles, blocking a deep release,” he says.

The heated scraper device takes just three seconds to reach 50ºC. This helps muscles soften, making it easier to massage away tension, increase blood flow and promote healing. The scraper is specially great for alleviating delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) in the quads, and provides a relaxing switch-up from the foam roller slog.