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Lower Back Pain - An Overview of the Key Muscles Involved

Posted by Judith Winer on

    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 points when dealing with Lower back Pain (LBP). For...

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Low Back Pain | Key Structures | Facet Joint Syndromes

Posted by Judith Winer on

The facet joint is highly innervated with pain receptors, making it susceptible to producing back pain   Lumbar Facet Joints and Low Back Pain        Anatomy The facet joints in the vertebral column are located posterior to the vertebral body, and their role is to assist the spine in performing movements such as flexion, extension, side-bending, and rotation. Depending on their location and orientation, the facet joints will allow certain types of motion but restrict others. For example, the lumbar spine is limited in rotation, but flexion and extension are freely permitted. In the thoracic spine, rotation and...

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Sacrum | SI Joint Massage Treatment for Sciatica and Hip Pain

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Sciatica typically occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disk or bone spur, but releasing muscle tension can often bring relief  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, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis. It is not a medical condition in and of itself.        Sacrum and SI Joint Massage Treatment ...

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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...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Quadratus Lumborum

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

Lower Back Pain (LBP) and especially chronic LBP is often associated with trigger points in the Quadratus Lumborum (QL) muscles. The QL is small muscle that punches way above its weight. The QL laterally flexes the vertebral column; fixes the 12th rib during deep respiration (e.g. helps stabilize diaphragm for singers exercising voice control); and helps extend the lumbar part of the vertebral column, and provide it with lateral stability. Being such an active muscle, trigger points form in the QL for a whole host of reasons including repetitive strain injuries brought on by common daily activities such as gardening,...

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