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Using Your Elbow to Treat Trigger Points

Posted by Simeon Niel Asher on

Using Elbow to treat Trigger Points

Trigger Points - Don't be scared to use your elbow!

I've been using my elbows to treat trigger points for over 20 years. As a young osteopath, I was fortunate to be mentored by some wonderful trigger point therapists, who taught me, over time, to hone the use my elbows - and eventually to the point where I use my elbows in just about every trigger point treatment.

This is not to suggest that using your elbows is a "must" for trigger point therapy - I work daily with therapists who don't! However, there is no escaping the fact that trigger point therapy often requires the application of significant amounts of pressure. This can be hard on the fingers and thumbs, especially as we get older (and seem to be working ever longer hours!).

The alternatives for difficult trigger points are reinforced fingers or thumbs, and we know that more and more therapists are starting to work regularly with pressure tools. 

Watch the video below to see what it's all bout!

Do not perform these trigger point therapy techniques unless they fall within your professional scope of practice.


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  • what can you do if you cannot get any of these horrible ones to release. It is pain and feels good at same time, but no one can get them out. I have had them 15 years. I don’t understand whey they are there and why the don’t release. It has taken my whole life and every therapist has said they never felt anything like these. So they all giving up on me.

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