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Piriformis Syndrome | Sciatic Nerve | Self Help | Manual Therapy

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Piriformis syndrome is a result of impingement of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle Incorrect form or improper gait often leads to tightness and inflexibility in piriformis. The condition occurs more frequently in women than men (6:1). When piriformis becomes tight it puts pressure on the underlying nerve, causing pain similar to sciatica. The pain usually starts in the mid-gluteal region and radiates down the back of the thigh.   Piriformis Trigger Points and Sciatic Nerve Pain        Trigger Points Trigger points are often associated with piriformis syndrome. This may include cases where active trigger points in...

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Lower Back Pain - An Overview of the Key Muscles Involved

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    Most cases of lower back pain are associated with myofascial trigger points Lower Back Pain is often attributed to “structural” factors such as pinched nerves, herniated disks, and arthritic degeneration.  In reality, these kinds of problems are often just minor factors in back pain. In fact, most acute and chronic back pain may be associated with trigger points. The body tends to shut down around pain to avoid further noxious stimuli. Part of the way it does this is by using trigger points. Depending on how long the symptoms have persisted, we see certain “classic” trigger points when dealing with Lower back Pain (LBP). For...

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Runner's Knee | Self Help | Taping | Stretching

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  Runners Knee is more common in women and prevalent in teenagers Runner’s Knee can refer to a number of injuries resulting from overuse, causing pain around the knee cap (patella). Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is the most common type of Runner’s Knee. It’s name comes from it’s high prevalence in runners, where the repeated stress on the knee causes irritation where the patella rests on the thigh bone. The pain can be sudden and piercing or chronic and dull. It can also affect other athletes whose activities require repeated bending of the knee, e.g. jumping, biking and walking.  ...

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Low Back Pain | Key Structures | Facet Joint Syndromes

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The facet joint is highly innervated with pain receptors, making it susceptible to producing back pain   Lumbar Facet Joints and Low Back Pain        Anatomy The facet joints in the vertebral column are located posterior to the vertebral body, and their role is to assist the spine in performing movements such as flexion, extension, side-bending, and rotation. Depending on their location and orientation, the facet joints will allow certain types of motion but restrict others. For example, the lumbar spine is limited in rotation, but flexion and extension are freely permitted. In the thoracic spine, rotation and...

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Scalp Massage | Tension Headaches | Therapeutic Hair Pulling

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    Chronic daily tension-type headaches affect approximately 3% of the population with women being twice as likely to suffer from them as men Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, they are experienced by most people during their lives and they are the ‘everyday’ headaches. Tension headaches used to be referred to as muscle contraction headaches or stress headaches, but generally these terms have gone out of usage. The National Health Service in the UK estimate that about half of adults experience tension-type headaches once or twice a month, with 1 in 3 get suffering up to...

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