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Stretching for Pain Relief - The Psoas Muscles

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Iliopsoas - Trigger Point Anatomy    Stretching the Psoas Muscles The psoas major and iliacus are considered part of the posterior abdominal wall because of their position and cushioning role for the abdominal viscera. However, based on their action of flexing the hip joint, it would also be relevant to place them with the hip muscles. Note that some upper fibers of the psoas major may insert by a long tendon into the iliopubic eminence to form the psoas minor, which has little function and is absent in about 40% of people.     Trigger Points Trigger points in these...

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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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Lower Back Pain - An Overview of the Key Muscles Involved

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Treating QL Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner MD    Most cases of lower back pain are associated with myofascial trigger points Lower Back Pain is often attributed to “structural” factors such as pinched nerves, herniated disks, and arthritic degeneration.  In reality, these kinds of problems are often just minor factors in back pain. In fact, most acute and chronic back pain may be associated with trigger points. The body tends to shut down around pain to avoid further noxious stimuli. Part of the way it does this is by using trigger points. Depending on how long the symptoms have persisted, we see certain “classic” trigger...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Spondylolisthesis

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Trigger Point Therapy Treatment for Spondylolisthesis    Spondylolisthesis is a fracture and slippage of a spinal vertebra (usually lower lumbar). It can develop for a range of reasons and can vary in severity. The majority fall into one of two categories - Traumatic or Degenerative. Whatever the underlying reason, the result is that the vertebrae literally slip either forward on the one below (Anterolysthesis) or backwards (Retrolysthesis). This can sometimes be felt as a palpable ‘step’ as you run your fingers down the patient's spine. Degenerative Spondylolisthesis Usually due to aging, a degenerative spondylolisthesis happens where the spine’s support system...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Rectus Abdomini

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

Trigger Point Overview - Rectus Abdomini   Trigger points in the rectus abdomini are often associated with lower back pain The rectus abdominis flexes the lumbar spine, depresses the rib cage and stabilizes pelvis during walking.  This is the muscle which is activated while doing so-called "crunches" because it pulls the ribs and the pelvis in, and curves the back.     Rectus Abdominis - Trigger Point Referred Pain Maps   These muscles are also used when a child is delivered, during bowel movements, and coughing.  When this muscle is exercised and layers of fat disappear from the abdomen, the...

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