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Treating Neck Pain and Stiffness - Part 2

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  Neck Pain and Stiffness - 10 Minute Master Class (Part 2)   This is the second part of Stuart's 2-part 10 minute master class on treating common neck pain and stiffness. Stuart presents soft tissue and positional release techniques that are typically applied together with direct trigger point therapy treatment.   Click here to see Part 1 Find a Trigger Point Professional in your area Recent Blogs and Articles  Nationally Accredited Home-Study Courses About NAT Certification     <a href="https://niel-asher.myshopify.com/cart/18913465669:1" target="_blank">Buy Muscle Energy Techniques - MET Master Course</a>   Buy Trigger Point Therapy - Power Package   Trigger Point...

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Treating Neck Pain and Stiffness - Part 1

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Neck Pain and Stiffness - 10 Minute Master Class (Part 1)   Treating the Stiff Neck What is commonly known as a "stiff neck" is typically reported as soreness and difficulty moving the neck, especially when trying to turn the head sideways. Symptoms Clients may also present other associated symptoms including headache, neck pain, shoulder pain and even arm pain. In many cases, failure to address the problem leads to various postural related issues. This is because over time, the client will have begun to turn the entire body when attempting to look sideways, instead of just the neck.  This is always...

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Gluteus Maximus - Stretching

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  Gluteus Maximus - Common Trigger Point sites   Gluteus Maximus The gluteus maximus plays a significant role in stabilizing both the sacroiliac joint and the knee joint. It does so by means of superior fibers, which attach to the aponeurosis of the sacrotuberous ligament, and inferior fibers, which attach anteriorly to the iliotibial band, providing tension down to the knee. Weak gluteal muscles have wide-reaching implications up and down the kinetic chain. Trigger Points It is hypothesized that gluteal trigger points could be a result of inhibition in the gluteal muscles caused by spasm in the psoas muscles, gluteus medius,...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating the Deep Muscles of the Foot

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The deep muscles of the foot comprise: quadratus plantae, adductor hallucis, flexor hallucis brevis, dorsal interossei, plantar interossei.   Quadratus Plantae     Adductor Hallucis     Flexor Hallucis Brevis     Dorsal Interossei (left), Plantar Interossei (right)   Origin Quadratus plantae: medial head—medial surface of calcaneus; lateral head—lateral border of inferior surface of calcaneus. Adductor hallucis: oblique head—bases of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metatarsals. Sheath of peroneus longus tendon; transverse head— plantar metatarsophalangeal ligaments of 3rd, 4th, and 5th toes. Transverse metatarsal ligaments. Antagonist: abductor hallucis. Flexor hallucis brevis: medial part of plantar surface of cuboid bone. Adjacent part...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Snapping Hip Syndrome

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  Snapping Hip Syndrome - Releasing Trigger Points in Gluteus Maximus   Snapping hip syndrome is a condition where a snapping or popping sensation is felt in the hip with hip flexion and extension. It is most commonly caused by a tendon snapping over a bony prominence. This syndrome may present with or without pain and is particularly prevalent in dancers. External Snapping External snapping hip syndrome can be the result of a tight ‘Iliotibial band’ (ITB) or gluteus maximus tendon snapping over the greater trochanter of the femur. When landing from a jump, running, climbing or squatting these tendons...

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