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How To Treat Trigger Points - Clinical Guidance

Posted by Christopher Hamze on

  How To Treat Trigger Points - Clinical Guidance   Best Practice Guidelines for Treating Trigger Points Paul Townley provides an overview of current best practice guidelines for treating and releasing trigger points. This includes assessment and common treatment techniques including deep stroking massage; the use of trigger point tools; ischemic compression technique; MET and various forms of stretching.Paul holds a Masters Degree (MSc) in Neuromusculoskeletal medicine, and is a member of the Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and the International Federation of Manipulative Therapy.Paul is qualified as an ESP (Extended Scope Practitioner) and a university lecturer and teacher in...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Gastrocnemius Anatomy

Posted by Christopher Hamze on

  Gastrocnemius - Trigger Point Anatomy   Gastrocnemius Muscle and Trigger Points Several trigger points can form in this muscle, typically referring pain (and sometimes stiffness) into the medial plantar aspect of the foot, and diffuse pain spread over one or both of the gasters. In some cases pain may also refer up into the medial hamstrings. Typically, clients will try to stretch the symptoms away. This is more likely to irritate the muscle spindle response and serve only to make the problem worse.  Trigger points in the calf muscles are typically caused by running, sprinting, jumping, climbing, or the wearing of high heels...

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Treating Trigger Points - Infraspinatus

Posted by Graeme Turofsky on

    Infraspinatus - Trigger Point Anatomy     The infraspinatus is an important muscle in scapula positioning as it decelerates internal rotation and shoulder flexion As with each of the other rotator cuff muscles (Supraspinatus, Subscapularis, Teres Minor) the infraspinatus depends upon an efficient core (lumbopelvic-hip complex) to translate the forces required from the lower to the upper limbs. Clients typically present with deep shoulder pain (in the joint). In some cases pain will also refer to the biceps and down the side of the shoulder, radiating as far as the thumb. Severe pain in the anterior deltoid and bicipital groove are a...

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Trigger Points - An Overview of the Evidence Base

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

Dr. Jonathan Kuttner Presents an Overview of the Evidence Behind Trigger Point Therapy   Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons (1992) described a trigger point as, “A highly irritable localised spot of exquisite tenderness in a nodule in a palpable taut band of (skeletal) muscle” These hyperirritable localized spots can vary in size, and have been described as “tiny lumps,” “little peas,” and “large lumps”; they can be felt beneath the surface, embedded within the muscle fibers. If these spots are tender to pressure they may well be “trigger points.” The size of a trigger point nodule varies according to the...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

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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