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Runner's Knee - Vastus Medialis Triggers

Posted by Christopher Hamze on

Knee Pain - Vastus Medialis Trigger Points     Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee) is often associated with trigger points in the quadriceps muscles Pain in the patella (kneecap), especially after sitting for a long time or running downhill, may result from incorrect movement of the patella over the femur or tight tendons. The articular cartilage under the patella may become inflamed as well, leading to another condition called chondromalacia patellae which is found more commonly in women. The angle formed between the two lines of pull of the quadriceps muscle and the patellar (tendon) ligament is known as the...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Pectoralis Major

Posted by Graeme Turofsky on

  Pectoralis Major - Trigger Point Overview     Active Trigger Points in Pectoralis Major are Common - and Relatively Simple to Treat Trigger points in pectoralis major are common and may be associated with a number of painful disorders including  mid-scapular back pain, breast pain and hypersensitivity, thoracic outlet syndrome, anterior shoulder pain, golfer’s and tennis elbow, chest pain, chronic fatigue, and hyperventilation syndrome.   Pectoralis Major - Common Trigger Point Pain Maps     Pec major trigger points are typically posture related but may also be caused by heavy lifting, chilling of muscle in air conditioning, immobilization of shoulder...

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Stretching for Pain Relief - Shoulder & Neck Pain

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Shoulder Pain and Rhomboid Trigger Points    Trigger points are common in all the main shoulder and neck muscles In fact just about all of us have latent trigger points, usually as a result of poor posture .... one of those simple things that they used to teach in schools but has long ago vanished. Failure to work on your posture and to take simple steps to promote shoulder and neck health will often (increasingly often) lead to active trigger points, and a whole host of potential musculoskeletal injuries as you get older. So if you spend more than 2-3 hours...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating The Hamstrings

Posted by Judith Winer on

The hamstrings are amongst the most overworked muscles in the body There's a common myth that hamstring injuries are the domain of athletes and don't generally affect the rest of us. The reality is that even standing upright requires continuous performance from these muscles, making them prone to develop active trigger points. This in turn may often lead to many other painful disorders, including lower-back, hip, thigh, and knee pain. Muscle Imbalance  When one muscle group is much stronger than its opposing muscle group, the imbalance can lead to the development of trigger points, and eventually to the process whereby these trigger points...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating the Hamstring Muscles in Runners

Posted by Christopher Hamze on

  Treating the Hamstrings - Stuart Hinds   Notes for the Video Above: Although it has become common to refer to the long muscles at the back of the thigh as the hamstring muscles or the hamstrings, they are in fact the the tendons that attach the large muscles at the back of the thigh to bone. The hamstring muscles themselves are the large muscles that pull on those tendons. Anatomists refer to these as the posterior thigh muscles, and more specifically as the semimembranosus, the semitendinosus, and the biceps femoris muscles. These muscles span the thigh, crossing both the hip...

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