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Trigger Point Therapy - Stomach Stretches

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Lumbar Extension, Abdominal Stretch     100% ONLINE SEE COURSE DETAILS   Stomach Muscle Stretching - Anatomy  The anterior abdominal wall muscles occur between the ribs and the pelvis, encircling the internal organs, and act to support the trunk, permit movement (primarily flex and rotate the lumbar spine), and support the lower back. There are three layers of muscle, with fibers running in the same direction as the corresponding three layers of muscle in the thoracic wall.     Transversus Abdominis The deepest layer consists of the transversus abdominis, whose fibers run approximately horizontally. Transversus abdominis spans around the trunk...

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Trigger Point Therapy - External Oblique Muscles

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   Abdominal Pain and Trigger Points   External Oblique Muscles Similarly to the other abdominal muscles, external oblique myofascial trigger points can refer pain anywhere locally throughout the abdominal region. This pain is often exacerbated during the menstrual cycle. Pain can refer down into the groin and sometimes to the testicles.       Anatomy The posterior fibers of the external oblique are usually overlapped by the latissimus dorsi, but in some cases there is a space between the two, known as the lumbar triangle, situated just above the iliac crest. The lumbar triangle is a weak point in the abdominal...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Transversus Abdominis

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  Abdominal Pain and Trigger Points - Overview   Trigger Point Therapy Courses / Home Study     Transversus Abdominis - Common Trigger Point Sites   All abdominal muscles work on a moment-to-moment basis as we move, providing the tension required to translate forces from the lower limbs to the upper limbs. The transversus abdominis is the deepest of these muscles, and each one (right and left) wraps up the organs horizontally. Transversus abdominis fascial attachments include the lumbar vertebrae, ribcage, iliac crest, and inguinal ligament. The muscle also connects directly into the linea alba, furnishing a link between the...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Rectus Abdominis Trigger Points

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  Rectus Abdominis - Trigger Points   Active Trigger Points in the Rectus Abdominis muscles can refer pain to back and across the mid-line.  Whereas trigger points typically refer pain to the side of the body in which they are located, rectus abdominis trigger points are known to sometimes refer pain bilaterally. These trigger points are relatively common and may develop either as a result of sedentary lifestyle or, at the opposite end of the spectrum, as a result of over-use or poor exercise technique. In many cases pain will be referred to the lower and mid back. In other...

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Lower Back Pain - Strengthening the Abdominals

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  Rectus Abdominis Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner    Treating Low Back Pain Trigger Points - Where to Start?    The abdominals are mostly responsible for the health of the lower back The abdominals are the main muscle group that flexes the lumbar and thoracic spine. This is the action where the torso bends forward, or curls into the fetal position. If one does this against resistance, such as gravity, the muscles strengthen. Each of the four abdominal muscles will be addressed separately below, but as a unit because of their location and attachment to the anterior portion of...

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