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Common Back Pain - Disc Prolapse (Slipped/Ruptured/Herniated Disc)

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    Prolapsed Disc - Condition Overview   A slipped disc (also known as a herniated, ruptured or prolapsed disc) results when the shock-absorbing pads or intervertebral discs split or rupture Discs are segments of connective tissue that separate the vertebrae of the spine, providing absorption from shock and allowing for the smooth flexing of the neck and back without the vertebral bones rubbing against each other. The discs contain a jelly-like substance which seeps out into the surrounding tissue, causing local inflammation and pressure on the spinal nerves (and occasionally the spinal cord) where they exit the spinal canal....

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating a Herniated Disc

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  Treating Gluteus Maximus Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner (Video: Edited extract from NAT "Treating Lower Back Pain" Trigger Point Course Presented by Dr. Jonathan Kuttner)   Treating Back Pain? - Start Here   Even when back pain is due to a diagnosed spine related injury, trigger points are still likely to be a prime cause of the pain Travell and Simons work in this area is well known. They submitted that trigger points may actually be the root cause of many common spinal conditions, including a herniated disc. They reasoned that the shortening and tightening of the muscles could be the main source of...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Self Help Tips for Sciatica

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  Sciatica and Trigger Points - Overview for Therapists and Patients   Sciatica most often occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disk or bone spur     Sciatica is characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve    More About Sciatica   The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, beginning at the lower back, and running through the hips and buttocks down to each leg. In most cases, sciatica affects only one side of the body. Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as a lumbar herniated disc,...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Gluteus Medius

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  Stuart Hinds presents a technique for using tape to provide an off-loading effect when treating trigger points in Glute Med.   Taping for Trigger Points - CE/CPD Course   Gluteus Medius This muscle is mostly deep to and is therefore obscured by the gluteus maximus, but appears on the surface between the gluteus maximus and the TFL. During walking, this muscle, along with the gluteus minimus, prevents the pelvis fromdropping toward the non-weight-bearing leg. As with the gluteus maximus, trigger points in the gluteus medius may refer pain locally to the buttocks and hips, but are more commonly associated with lower back...

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Common Painful Conditions that can be addressed with Trigger Point Therapy

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   How Often To Treat Trigger Points?   So what are the most common conditions that respond well to trigger point therapy? Trigger points are associated with most painful conditions. In some cases, trigger points can be addressed to relieve symptoms of pain and restricted movement, and in other cases there are trigger point treatment protocols that can address the root cause and provide total relief. Below we've listed 7 of the most common painful conditions which can often be treated effectively with well established trigger point treatment protocols. Each of these conditions is known to be extremely painful and debilitating,...

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