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Trigger Point therapy - Lower Back and the Sacroiliac Joint

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   Treating the Sacroiliac Joint    Treating Lower Back Pain - Online Course   Sacroiliac joint pain is implicated in 15% to 20% of chronic low back complaints In the first part of the 20th century, sacroiliac (SI) joint syndrome was the most common diagnosis for lumbago (low back pain). Pain in the lower back or buttocks, was generally referred to as Sacroiliac Syndrome or SI joint syndrome.  For about half a century (1930's - 1980's) most doctors ignored the sacroiliac in the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain, based on the mistaken view that a joint with so little movement...

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Stretching for Pain Relief and Rehabilitation - Hip and Thigh

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   Trigger Points - Stretching for the Hip Flexors     Anatomy of Stretching - Online CE Course     Stretching for the Hip, Thigh and Buttocks The hips and buttocks are comprised of a number of both large muscles (e.g., gluteus maximus) and small muscles (e.g., piriformis). These muscles are primarily responsible for hip stabilization and lower leg movement. The muscles around the hip and buttocks, along with the structure of the hip joint, allow for a large range of movement of the lower leg; including flexion, extension, adduction, abduction, and rotation. Stretching Hamstring injuries, hip arthritis, hip bursitis,...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Stretching the Erector Spinae Muscles

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  Stretching the Erector Spinae - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner     Trigger Point Therapy Course - Treating Back Pain - Click Image Above for Details     Interestingly and contrary to what some of us have been taught the erector spinae muscles don’t hold the spine erect In fact, it turns out that most fibers are electrically silent during postural work (Kippers 1984). This muscle group is designed to activate during extension from flexion, i.e. standing upright from bending forward.   Erector Spinae - Common Trigger Point Sites   The erector spinae has three divisions each of which may manifest...

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Common Sports Injuries - Treating the Hamstrings

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Treating the Hamstrings - Stuart Hinds       Ultimately, the hamstrings are trying to be gluteal muscles, while the lumbar muscles are trying to be hamstrings The hamstrings eccentrically contract during gait in order to decelerate extension of the knee joint and hip flexion, while also playing a very important role in pelvic stability. The hamstring muscles decelerate internal rotation on heel-strike The hamstrings disappear under the gluteus maximus and provide force closure of the sacroiliac joint through the coupled action of the force provided by the contralateral latissimus dorsi. This force is transmitted through the sacrotuberous ligament and further up...

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Vacuum Cupping - Treating Calf Pain

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  Vacuum Cupping - Treating Calf Pain         Links Vacuum Cupping Course Find a Trigger Point Professional in your area Treating Gastrocnemius Dry Needling for Trigger Points NAT Professional Courses Certify as a Trigger Point Therapist Membership Plans   About NAT Courses As a manual therapist or exercise professional, there is only one way to expand your business - education! Learning more skills increases the services that you offer and provides more opportunity for specialization. Every NAT course is designed to build on what you already know, to empower you to treat more clients and grow your practice,...

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