Tuesday, October 13, 2009

13 October 2009

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
- Vince Lombardi

WOD: Rest day. My legs are incredibly sore. As in it hurts to move sore. Using my trigger point set in this condition was a whole new... experience.

Why trigger point? You feel better and recover quicker (after using the trigger point that is).

What is trigger point? Check out this explanation of myofascial release from wikipedia:

"Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue thereapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.

Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. This soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be affect as well, including other connective tissue.

As in most tissue, irritation of fascia or muscle causes local inflammation. Chronic inflammation results in fibrosis, or thickening of the connective tissue, and this thickening causes pain and irritation, resulting in reflexive muscle tension that causes more inflammation. In this way, the cycle creates a positive feedback loop and can result in ischemia and somatic dysfunction even in the absence of the original offending agent. Myofascial techniques aim to break this cycle through a variety of methods acting on multiple stages of the cycle

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