This is a really common question. Trigger points come back for a variety of reasons – and you can take steps to help stop them returning.
Things you need to look out for are:- bad posture, stress breathing, repetitive movements. For example, if you work every day at a computer, you need to examine very carefully your workplace setup.
If your workplace setup is causing tension in your muscles, then no matter how much you release your triggers, they’ll keep returning.
Stress breathing occurs when you use the muscles in your shoulders and upper chest for breathing, rather than your abdominal and diaphragm muscles. These muscles are less efficient, and if you use them all day long, this can create trigger points that keep coming back.
Bad posture means that you’re continually holding tension. Constant tension will stress muscles, which then leads to trigger points – almost as a defensive mechanism. If you want to see excellent sitting posture – look at how a baby sits.
Babies have to sit with perfect posture – their posture muscles are still weak and their heads are heavy. They sit with their head perfectly balanced on their shoulders. That’s the kind of effortless posture you need to help trigger points stay away.
For improving posture, the Alexander Technique is also very useful.
Below is an excerpt from an interview I did on how to stop triggers coming back. (The full interview in on my membership site.)
Click on the triangle below to listen.
PS. to go deeper into these techniques you may want to have a look at a course I’ve made that teaches self treatment of trigger points.