Hunting and releasing active trigger points.
On occasions it may be necessary to “hunt” for the correct pad placement and possible other source or origin of the pain, such as trigger points. This involves moving the electrode pads around on the body until you feel or the client feels and increase in stimulation over an active trigger point. When moving the pads over the body make sure you drag them across the skin keeping them in contact with the skin. If you lift the pad off the skin and then put the pad back on the skin you may feel an increase in muscle stimulation and some discomfort.
To do use the Phoenix Setting. Attach the carbon Black lead to the NEG (Black) lead wire and the Red carbon lead to the POS lead wire. If you are “hunting” in the upper body place, wet the sponge and place the sponge between the RED Electrode and the and the body and wrap it around the upper arm of the opposite side you are hunting. If you are “hunting” in the lower body place the RED electrode on the outside of the opposite hip.
We are hunting for trigger points. When you go over a trigger point you may feel a sensation refer down the associated referral pattern for that specific trigger point. See the trigger point chart for ideas on where to hunt for these trigger points and their referral patterns
Now place the BLACK electrode and sponge over the area of pain. You will be using channel #1. Turn channel up until you feel and intensity or discomfort as a 5 out of a 10. You will now move the Black electrode and pad over the entire area noting and increase in intensity or discomfort level. Find the 4 most intense or discomfort areas.
Now remove the carbon pads and attach the self stick pads. Place these 4 pads over the 4 most intense spots you just located. These will be attached Channel 1 and Channel 3. Now turn up the intensity to a level of discomfort of 5 out of a 10. Slowly, move the body part through its full range of motion until you feel a motion where the intensity or discomfort increases. Once you find this repeat that motion for 5 to 10 reps. If you feel that the intensity or discomfort reduce, increase the intensity of the Phoenix. Repeat this for 10 min. After 10 min reverse the the direction of the electrons.
Changing the polarity of the electrodes and reverse the flow of electrons:
Turn the Phoenix intensity to ZERO, then unplug the POS lead wire from the self stick electrode and plug into the self stick pad that the NEG was attached to. Then take the NEG lead wire and attach it to the pad where the POS lead wire was attached to.
Now turn up the intensity to a level of discomfort of 5 out of a 10. Slowly, move the body part through it’s full range of motion until you feel a motion where the intensity or discomfort increases. Once you find this, take the muscle through it’s eccentric motion. That is you want to length the muscle while it is contracting.
There is a ton of research on the benefits of lengthening the muscle while it is contacting. Here we are using the Phoenix to contact the muscle and then we are having the patient actively lengthen the muscle.
Repeat that motion for 5 to 10 reps. If you feel that the intensity or discomfort reduce, increase the intensity of the Phoenix. Repeat for 10 min.
Common trigger points and referral patterns.
Use the below charts below as references for the referral patterns and the corresponding location of the trigger points.
Individual results may vary.