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Trigger Point Therapy - Postural and Phasic Muscles

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  Postural Muscles and Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner M.D.   Postural and Phasic Muscles It's often accepted that muscles that have a stabilizing function (postural) have a tendency to shorten when stressed, and other muscles that play a more active/moving role (phasic) have a tendency to lengthen and become inhibited. The muscles that tend to shorten have a primary postural role. However, there are some exceptions to the rule that certain muscles follow the pattern of becoming shortened while others become lengthened – some muscles are capable of modifying their structure. For example, certain authors suggest that the scalenes are...

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Treating Shoulder Pain - Shoulder Arthritis

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  Find a Therapist Near You       Shoulder arthritis - for most cases, there are treatments that may help reduce the pain and improve range of motion In 2011, more than 50 million people in the United States reported that they had been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, according to the National Health Interview Survey. Simply defined, arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. In a diseased shoulder, inflammation causes pain and stiffness. Although there is no cure for arthritis of the shoulder, there are many treatment options available. Using these, most people with arthritis...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Diaphragm and Breathing

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  How To Assess and Influence Your Breathing    Abnormal breathing mechanics may be one of the key factors in the development of chronic myofascial trigger points throughout the body Trigger point therapy can be a useful tool in releasing the musculoskeletal component of respiratory dysfunction and is especially useful when combined with other modalities, such as yoga, Feldenkrais, meditation, the Buteyko method and “breath therapy.” Nothing in the body happens in isolation, and an exploration of breathing mechanics exemplifies this.      Breathing involves many sequences of coordinated muscular and visceral co-contractions. Trigger points can often be palpated along the anterior...

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Trigger Point Release - Serratus Anterior

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Treating Serratus Anterior Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   The Serratus Anterior Pain is Often Mistaken for C8 Nerve Problems Actions will change, depending on the origin or insertion being fixed. With the arm static, movement occurs at the ribcage, accelerating or decelerating the ribs as required (e.g. forced exhalation). Pain will be experienced on the side of the ribcage, traveling into the armpit and posteriorly to the medial aspect of the inferior angle of the scapula. Pain is often mistaken for C8 nerve problems, as pain is referred down the inside of the arm into the palm, fifth...

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How To Treat Golfers Elbow

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  Treating Trigger Points in the Wrist Flexors - Golfer's Elbow   Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is a form of tendinitis similar to tennis elbow Golfing is one of many root causes of the condition, which in reality can occur from any activity where there is overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm. Whilst the symptoms including pain at the elbow may be similar to tennis elbow, in the case of golfer’s elbow the pain and inflammation are experienced at the inside - medial side - of the joint. The medial epicondyle is a bony prominence on the inside of...

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