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Trigger Point Therapy - Levator Ani Syndrome

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  Chronic Pelvic Pain and Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Trigger Point Therapy - Where to Start?    If you have pelvic pain, chances are you have trigger points somewhere within or adjacent to your pelvic floor muscles The levator ani consists of the pubococcygeus and the iliococcygeus muscles. Together with the coccygeus muscle, these muscles form the pelvic diaphragm (the muscular floor of the pelvis). We find that trigger points in the levator ani muscle are often implicated in low back pain, Levator Ani Syndrome, and a wide range of chronic pelvic pain syndromes. Pelvic Disorders Whilst trigger...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating the Triceps for Biceps Tendinitis

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  Simeon Asher - Treating Triceps Trigger Points   Treating Trigger Points - Shoulder   When treating a Biceps Tendinopathy, we always start by looking at the triceps Pathology of the Long Head Biceps (LHB) is implicated in a range of shoulder problems from frozen shoulder syndrome to rotator cuff tendinopathy. It is almost always present in frozen shoulder syndrome to some extent. Biceps Anatomy Biceps means literally two-heads. The short head provides about 85% of the power and the long head about 15%. Damage can occur from trauma or falls on outstretched hands, and it is commonly tweaked by...

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Rotator Cuff Disorders - The Bigger Picture

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  Spinal mobility has an important role to play in shoulder function   Treating the Rotator Cuff (4 CEUs)   In 70% of all doctor and therapist visits for shoulder problems, the diagnosis is rotator cuff disorder (Lewis 2014) The etiology of rotator cuff disease is likely multifactorial, including age-related degeneration and micro-trauma. The incidence of rotator cuff tears increases with aging, with well over half of individuals in their 80’s having a rotator cuff tear. Smoking, hypercholesterolemia, and genetics have all been shown to influence the development of rotator cuff tearing. Substantial full-thickness rotator cuff tears, in general, progress...

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Common Sports Injuries - Tendinitis of the Adductor Muscles

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  Stuart Hinds demonstrates a treatment protocol for the hip adductors, commonly used to treat soccer players - and applicable to just about everyone.   Treating Hip Pain and Dysfunction    Tendinitis of the Adductor Muscles - The pain is similar to a groin strain but onset is gradual and chronic in nature Inflammation in the adductor muscle tendons or tendon sheaths due to overuse can cause pain in the groin area. Sprinting, football, soccer, hurdling and horse riding can all cause overuse in these muscles. Unresolved injuries such as groin strain can also lead to tendinitis. The adductor muscles...

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Muscle Energy Technique - Levator Scapulae

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MET for Levator Scapulae - John Gibbons   Learn More About MET's   MET's are increasingly being used by therapists in combination with trigger point therapy protocols Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's) emerged as a form of osteopathic manipulative diagnosis and treatment in which the client's muscles are actively used on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed counterforce from the practitioner.  MET Treatment for Levator Scapulae  For this treatment the client is supine. The therapist, while providing support, guides the client's head into a side bend, followed by flexion. If a resistance is felt prior...

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