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Trigger Points and Lower Back Pain

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Treating Trigger Points for Back Pain - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Lower Back Pain has reached epidemic proportions. Here we look at the part played by trigger points. It has been suggested that low back pain is an inevitable result of walking upright (Harari). As the force of gravity acts upon the skeleton and its muscular and ligamentous armature, it is distributed via the fascia into three dimensions. Myers (2013) talks of an internal cohesion-compression of the body where it is both collapsing in on itself and pushing out from itself in a constant state of equilibrium, a concept called ‘tensegrity’. Tensegrity...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Achilles Tendinitis

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  Achilles Tendinitis - Trigger Point Therapy   Achilles problems are amongst the most common issues that therapists deal with every day - especially with clients who are regular runners or walkers In many cases, poor footwear or a change of footwear to a new design, is the cause. Trigger points form to weaken muscles of the calf in particular, creating a chain effect and ultimately additional trigger points and a reaction in the achilles. Trigger Point Treatment Protocol Trigger point therapy can be wonderfully effective for treating achilles issues. Here (video above) we demonstrate the most commonly used NAT trigger point...

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Thoracic Mobility - How To Avoid Injury

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   Simple Thoracic Mobility Exercise - Mike McGurn   The thoracic spine plays a vital role in keeping the shoulders and the lumbar spine in good working order - and pain free!  Adding some simple thoracic mobility exercises to your daily routine, even if it's just 5 minutes a day, could help prevent the onset of trigger points and numerous painful conditions. You don't need any special equipment (or any equipment at all) and you don't need to belong to a gym.  The exercise shown in the video above is a great example of a brilliantly effective mobility stretch, using...

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Stretching for Pain Relief - Pectoralis Major and Minor

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  Two Great Exercises for Loosening the Pecs   Trigger points in the Pectoralis muscles are common and often develop as a result of poor posture or overload Along with the pectoralis minor, the pectoralis major forms the anterior wall of the axilla. The pectoralis major can develop multiple trigger points. These typically refer pain across the anterior deltoid and down the lateral aspect of the arm into the thumb and fourth and fifth digits. These trigger points may, in rare cases, mimic the symptoms of angina. Pain from these trigger points can also be felt as interscapular and subscapular...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Spondylolisthesis

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  Trigger Point Therapy Treatment for Spondylolisthesis    Spondylolisthesis can often be treated very effectively with trigger point therapy Spondylolisthesis is a fracture and slippage of a spinal vertebra (usually lower lumbar). It can develop for a range of reasons and can vary in severity. Degenerative Spondylolisthesis The majority fall into one of two categories - Traumatic or Degenerative. Whatever the underlying reason, the result is that the vertebrae literally slip either forward on the one below (Anterolysthesis) or backwards (Retrolysthesis). This can sometimes be felt as a palpable ‘step’ as you run your fingers down the patient's spine. Usually due...

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