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Effective October 1, 2023, the examinations will be referenced to the
2023 NEC Code Book
Get rid of muscle knots. As an electrician who works in the field, you should be aware of the importance of taking care of your muscles before subjecting them to heavy lifting and strenuous activities. One technique that should become a staple in your pre-workout or pre-work routine is trigger pointing to release tight muscles that cause muscle knots.
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Trigger pointing involves applying pressure to specific areas of the muscles to release tension and knots, allowing for improved muscle function and reduced risk of injury.
In this blog post, we share some favorite tools and techniques for trigger pointing on the field, including the use of PVC pipes, hard rollers, and canes. These cost-effective and practical options have helped many effectively release tight muscles and improve overall physical well-being.
Trigger point with a PVC pipe to release tight muscles
There's no need to buy a foam roller that costs like $30 bucks. You can go to Lowe's for seven bucks and you can get yourself a very durable "foam roller". Look for a PVC pipe that you can use instead. The difference is that the foam roller is kind of squishy and soft. The PVC pipe is harder and will get the muscle pretty good. This smaller diameter is great for smaller muscles like your lat. Once you go PVP pipe you're never going to go back. Use the PVC pipe for 30 to 60 seconds on each area to trigger point to release tight muscles.
Trigger point with a hard roller to release tight muscles
This second roller is a harder roller than traditional ones. Basically, it's just better than a regular foam roller because it is harder, very durable, and natural. This larger diameter is good for areas like the calf or bigger areas. Typical foam rollers are going to have some cushion and you know it's not going to be as effective relief on your muscles. So harder rollers might be a little bit more advanced but it's going to be way better than your regular foam roller.
Trigger point with a cane to release tight muscles
So with the PVC pipe, you're going to get muscles that are closer to the surface. So this is not going to go as deep as the Theracane or similar canes. The Theracane is going to be a little bit smaller so it's going to go deeper into the muscle. The Theracane is great for smaller muscles and deeper muscles that the PVC or foam rollers cannot reach.
Don't get me wrong, you can use traditional foam rollers to trigger point and release tight muscles. Remember that it is much more important to start any workout or heavy work days with trigger pointing than what your equipment looks like.
Whether you're an electrician lor simply someone looking to release muscle tension, incorporating trigger pointing into your routine can greatly benefit your overall health and performance. Remember to start any workout with trigger pointing and use what you have available.