The Cause of Pain is Not at the Location of Pain – Part 2

Cause of pain is not at the location

In the last article we talked about the location of pain and location of causes of that pain. Often the cause is not found at the site of pain, but at the antagonist muscle group. You can read part 1 here.

Cause of pain is not at the location: Today we’ll talk about what you can do to lessen your chance of injury, by minimizing the inhibition of a muscle group and its tendons by the antagonists.

1- Moving or static pressure

Cause of pain is not at the location

This can be a massage. Strokes can be applied along the fibers of the muscles or across. If there are tight spots, pressure can be applied and held till muscles begin to release.

For example massaging the Latissimus Dorsi to take away anterior and middle deltoid inhibition.

Moving or static pressure

2- Stretching

Relaxed Stretches or ZSTs can be applied to the antagonist.

Cause of pain is not at the location

For example stretching the Psoas and other hip flexors to allow glutes to contract with more force.

3- Mobility Exercises

This can be swing, circles or other type of movement.

Cause of pain is not at the location

For example, head circles.

Mobility Exercises

4- External Applications

This can be transdermal magnesium, castor oil or moist heat. This approach of course is not appropriate in every situation.

Cause of pain is not at the location

It is most often applicable when training at home.

Cause of pain is not at the location

5- Sequence

This applies the most when doing strength training. If training to fatigue, the antagonist will shorten and get in a way of maximum contraction of the injured muscles and their tendons.

For example if front or outside of the shoulder is prone to injury. Do the pushing exercises first and pulling second (ie: shoulder press before pull ups).

Sequence

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Cause of pain is not at the location

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