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Trigger Point Therapy - Yoga and Stretching

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   Internationally recognised Yoga Instructor Yoni Kedem presents the NAT online course Yoga Anatomy for Trigger Points   If trigger points result in diminished flexibility, can they be treated with yoga? There is a lot of "chatter" about yoga for trigger points, but also a fair amount of confusion. Trigger points are basically knots in the muscles that result through injury or overuse. They are also believed by many to be a key part of the body's natural "protect and defend" mechanism. In addition to pain (often referred pain), active trigger points will cause the muscles to become shorter and...

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Treating Trigger Points for Back Pain - Multifidi

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  Treating Trigger Points in Multifidi - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner M.D.   These trigger points can be troublesome to locate and treat, but there are some simple tips that can help make it easier Multifidi are deep muscles that act as shock absorbers and tension buffers between the spine and the prime movers of the trunk. Their fibers go from the top of the neck to the posterior sacrum. When these muscles shorten, stiffen, and tighten, the shock-absorbent quality is lessened or lost and the neuromuscular integrity of the spine is affected. The multifidi and rotators both work to stabilize...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating the Scalenes

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  Treating Scalenes Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Treating scalenes trigger points can bring fast relief for some painful disorders Trigger points in the scalenes are associated with a number of upper body complaints and can also refer pain along the whole length of the arm down to the thumb and index fingers. Some therapists are slightly afraid to work on trigger points in the scalenes as they sit close to several nerve trunks and blood vessels in the neck. In reality, there are a number of safe ways to approach the treatment of these trigger points.   Scalenes...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

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Lymphatic System Overview - Maureen Abson   Many experts believe that MLD techniques may be effective for releasing trigger points Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a gentle manual treatment technique initially developed in the 1930’s by Danish Drs. Emil Vodder and Estrid Vodder. It is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The Vodders began to study the lymph system in the early 1930's, developing light, rhythmic hand movements to promote lymph movement. They first introduced the technique 1936, in Paris, France,...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Posterior Cervical Muscles

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Trigger Point Therapy - Torsional Release Technique (Seated)     Posterior Cervical Muscles - Important Trigger Points for Treating Common Head and Neck Pain [Latin longissimus, longest; capitis, of the head; semispinalis, half spinal; cervicis, of the neck] Comprising: longissimus capitis, semispinalis capitis, and semispinalis cervicis. Origin Longissimus capitis: transverse processes of upper five thoracic vertebrae (T1–T5). Articular processes of lower three cervical vertebrae (C5–C7). Semispinalis cervicis: transverse processes of upper ve or six thoracic vertebrae (T1–T6). Semispinalis capitis: transverse processes of lower four cervical and upper six or seven thoracic vertebrae (C4–T7).   Longissimus Capitis - Common Trigger Point...

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