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Gastrocnemius - Trigger Point Anatomy


Gastrocnemius Muscle and Trigger Points

Several trigger points can form in this muscle, typically referring pain (and sometimes stiffness) into the medial plantar aspect of the foot, and diffuse pain spread over one or both of the gasters.

In some cases pain may also refer up into the medial hamstrings. Typically, clients will try to stretch the symptoms away. This is more likely to irritate the muscle spindle response and serve only to make the problem worse. 

Trigger points in the calf muscles are typically caused by running, sprinting, jumping, climbing, or the wearing of high heels for long periods of time, or the extended use of foot rests (ex. Driving).








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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.