We've been discussing the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook like crazy here at GUS.
Some previous discussion can be found in The TPTW and My Aha Moment, Frustrating Chronic Back Pain, and Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief with Kathryn Merrow and the TPTW.
Perhaps because of my long-term efforts at mobility, stability, special stretching, and the fact that I've used a bit of (uneducated) self massage in the past, I've found a lot less active trigger points than I would have expected.
But I've been having a VERY bad pain in my right jaw which hurts worse when chewing. My jaw has felt dislocated and recently it had gotten so bad I could barely eat. I'm pretty sure this is related to my habitual stress response of jaw clenching and the fact that I have a history of TMJ.
I actually had to have my jaw corrected through orthodontics (those rubber band thingys) and that relieved the worst of my TMJ years ago. I've also been working on not clenching my jaw and I've been fairly successful with that. It is difficult because like any type of chronic muscle tension..I'm not aware that I am doing it most of the time.
Well the jaw clenching is much better but THEN comes the pain. Most of us in strength training are familiar with this scenario. The pain comes AFTER you stop doing the stupid thing.
Anyway, it got so bad I had to take pain killers for it so that I could eat. Then I got smart and opened up the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, went to the section on jaw and face pain and started treating it. Pretty much the whole area could be called one big trigger point.
The first day it actually made it seem worse. I was probably being a little over-zealous with the massage pressure. But the second day the pain was only there when I chewed.
The third day my jaw no longer feels like it is dislocated and my back molars have resumed their previous close relationship. The pain is only very slight and I can eat with no problem.
I will continue to use short sessions massage sessions throughout the day but man, do I feel a lot better.