DOES THE THERA CANE REALLY WORK? IF SO, HOW?
To understand how the Thera Cane works, you’ll first have to come to terms with the fact that trigger points are responsible for about 75% of all the pain that you experience.
These trigger points develop every time you have trauma, muscular injuries, and strains. Even as you age, ligaments, tendons and muscles stretch out, weaken or get inflamed resulting into soft tissues tearing up. These tissues may heal, but even in doing so, they still contract, twist and knot in the process.
The knotted fibers will then restrict blood flow, and in what appears like an attempt to protect itself from causing more harm or duck pain, the body will respond by limiting muscle movement.
If this is NOT treated on time, what follows is a cycle of intensifying muscle spasm, pain and dysfunction, all of which usher in a chronic condition.
The good thing is that the thera cane is designed to relax the knotted areas, thus normalizing blood flow that should stop all this from happening.
So basically, the thera cane works by deactivating trigger points, which happen to be at the center of the undercurrents of the pains that we experience.
I USED THE DEVICE FOR SOME TYPE OF TRIGGER POINT TREATMENT, BUT I’M STILL SUFFERING FROM LOWER BACK PAINS. WHAT COULD BE THE ISSUE?
If you used the tool to treat trigger points and you’re yet to see results, here are some of the possible reasons why this is so:
- You haven’t treated your trigger points long enough. You have to bear in mind that the treatment takes time. The time to wait for results may vary depending on your age, degree of injury, level of fitness or the length of time you’ve had the trigger point.
- You still have a number of trigger points that you missed or overlooked. Trigger points rarely occur in solitary. Odds may be there’s one or two trigger points that you missed and which may perhaps be the reason behind the back pains that you’re experiencing.
- You have yet to correct perpetuating factors such as bad postures, shoes, nutrition and subluxations.
- The pain you’re experiencing is NOT as a result of trigger points. Trigger points may be the most common cause of muscle problems and low back pains. But that’s NOT to say every pain problem you have will always be tied down to a trigger point.
CAN I TREAT MY OWN TRIGGER POINTS?
There are doctors and therapists that specialize in treating trigger points. You had to visit them to get your trigger points treated.
But thanks to the Thera Cane, you can easily treat your own trigger points in the comfort of your home.
All you need is the instruction manual to walk you through the process. Even when you can’t lay your hands on one, there are lots of websites and YouTube tutorials that show you how to use the device.
As a matter of facts, all you have to do apply pressure on the trigger points and hold it for a minute or two.
You could get a partner to perform the therapy on you, but even in the absence of one, it’s still extremely easy to run the device on yourself.
At an amount way lesser than what a doctor could have charged you had you visited them for the treatment, the device makes it possible to treat yourself even more effectively.
HOW LONG SHOULD I USE THE DEVICE TO HAVE MY TRIGGER POINTS TREATED COMPLETELY?
It’s recommended that you use the device 2 to 3 times a week to treat your trigger points until the pain is completely eliminated.
Your trigger points may heal within a week or two of using the massaging tool or even take months before you start experiencing relief. If you’ve strictly adhered to the instructions given in the user manual, then there’s NO need to panic when the pains take time to disappear.
Be patient and continue with the treatment. It’s only with time that you’ll learn to use the device proficiently and max out results.
READ THAT THE DEVICE MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO TREAT EVEN THE UNNOTICED SORE MUSCLES. HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?
Our body muscles get sore from time to time. Some of it may go unnoticed until we bend over or try to reach for something.
This might go away with a simple twist or turn. But that doesn’t seem to be always the case. This may produce a crick around the neck region or a hot spot in between your shoulder blades.
All this is painful. But worse is when the pain just won’t go away.
Rubbing the muscle around this region may lessen the pain. However this may prove to be extremely difficult if the treatment demands that you dig in deep enough.
That’s where the thera cane comes in handy. With this, you can easily apply pressure to almost any region on your body—neck, back, hips, arms, buttocks and whatnot.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS OF TRIGGER POINTS?
Trigger points are characterized by a wide range of symptoms all of which come in form of pain. What happens is that these trigger points will send the pain to some other parts of the body, resulting into pains that may NOT seem to be connected to it.
It’s for this reason that your doctor may find it hard to determine the point source of some of your problems.
Some of the referral pains connected with trigger points include jaw pains, headaches, tennis elbows, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower back pain. The common ones include pain in the wrist, shoulder, ankle, hip and knee. Some doctors have a habit of mistaking these problems for tendinitis, ligament injury, bursitis or arthritis.
Other than that trigger points may be the cause of dizziness, sinusitis nausea, false heart pain, genital pain, numbness in the feet or hands, and heartburn. That goes without mentioning Fibromyalgia whose onset is directly connected with myofascial trigger points.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PROVEN PROFESSIONAL RESULTS OF THE THERA CANE?
Thousands of health care professionals worldwide use the thera cane in a clinical settings. Some doctors and therapists have adopted the device and are now using it as an integral part of the treatments they offer particularly to patients suffering from discomfort and pain.
Even to doctors who don’t use it, most of them are nowadays finding it necessary to recommend it to their patients as an after surgery supplementary treatment.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS AND TIPS TO FOLLOW WHILE USING THE THERA CANE?
Start by identifying the knots in your body. Once done, you can position the thera cane on the knot, one at a time, applying adequate pressure on it to deactivate the trigger point. If you can feel referral pain or sensations, odds are good; your device is on a Trigger Point.
Read this bearing in mind that this might hurt a little. But you’re expected to keep going, holding the pressure until the hurting subsides releasing the Trigger point.
The pressure should be held for a minute or two, or until you start feeling the knot releasing. With time, you’ll begin to become more aware of how exactly it feels when the knot releases.
You should also be completely relaxed, taking deep breaths in between while applying the pressure for an effective treatment.
More importantly, use your thera cane more often instead of waiting until the knots have built-up and are extremely huge to release.
You can use the thera cane during your down time. Or while you’re just relaxing at home or work with nothing important to do.
DO YOU HAVE ANY WORD OF CAUTION TO THOSE HOPING TO START WITH THE DEVICE?
Sure… before you get started, it’s important to note that lots of people get carried away while getting started with the thera cane. They start digging in and in the process wind up sore. Some even end up with bruises.
The good thing is that all this can be avoided by going easy while you’re starting out. Give yourself time to learn about the amount of pressure you need to apply on each area, and how to calibrate it to avoid hurting yourself in the process.
It’s for reasons such as this that some people also find it necessary to place a layer of clothing between the thera cane and them while working on the regions that are thought to be more sensitive.
WHAT IS THE THERA CANE MADE OF? AND WHAT ARE ITS DIMENSIONS?
The thera cane is made out of a tough fiberglass and plastic with NO odour. This makes it not only durable, but lightweight enough to serve you even on the go.
Most of them come with a rough height of 24 inches, 15 inch width, 1 inch diameter and 1 lb of weight.
Its small size makes it easy to pack or carry with you everywhere you go.