Trigger point therapy maintenance

18.116 For weight training to be effective, or any other type of exercise, you need to do it over the long term. To maintain myself in good enough working order to train I found, at least for several years, that trigger point therapy was a must. It kept discomfort and aches and pains at bay, so I could train progressively. Before I knew of the therapy, and before I had my debilitating injuries, I had ups and downs as I "recovered" from each minor injury that came along. I was not really getting injured, but was suffering from trigger point flare ups.

18.117 If, the morning after a training day, any of my sensitive areas were irritated, I would add an extra morning session of trigger point therapy for those specific areas. ^at got those spots in good running order immediately. Sometimes the trigger point therapy was like magic.

18.118 If my back was not 100% in the morning after waking, a little trigger point work would set me up for the day. ^e same goes if I am not 100% before training, or after. I slot in a little extra trigger point therapy whenever I need it.

18.119 Until November 1994 I still used trigger point therapy even if I felt no discomfort in the areas concerned. ^e areas that used to receive almost daily maintenance therapy were my knees, both big toes, both shoulders, lower back, elbows and fingers (especially on the day after a grip workout). Just 30 minutes a day (I was thorough) kept me in good running order. From November 1994 onwards some trigger point therapy was done most days, but only according to what I felt my body needed rather than as a rigid schedule. I would still do some therapy most days, but not for the same trigger points each time.

18.120 In November 1994, after reducing my depth of squatting and sparing my lower back much unnecessary stress, I found that I needed to give less attention to posture and sleeping position. Not only that, but I found it unnecessary to do the McKenzie exercises as frequently as previously.

18.121 In 1997, injury-free, and as a result of no longer taking any liberties in my training, using the Tru-Squat, resting more between workouts, not overtraining, using a more controlled rep cadence, performing inversion therapy daily, and stretching regularly, I reduced my need for trigger point therapy to only occasional occurrences.

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