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Trigger Point Therapy - Paradoxical Breathing

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The Autonomic Nervous System and Breathing   Trigger Points for Trainers Trigger Points for Therapists   Trigger Points are often associated with Paradoxical Breathing Paradoxical (or abdominal) breathing is a term used to describe an abnormal chest movement, with the patient’s chest moving inward (or not moving at all) during inhalation rather than outward or forward. This means that your patient cannot take a functional breath and is most likely a shallow breather. Paradoxical breathing is a common perpetuating factor, but is easy to check if a patient is presenting with this breath rhythm issue. Assessing for Correct Rhythm To...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Diaphragm and Breathing

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  How To Assess and Influence Your Breathing    Abnormal breathing mechanics may be one of the key factors in the development of chronic myofascial trigger points throughout the body Trigger point therapy can be a useful tool in releasing the musculoskeletal component of respiratory dysfunction and is especially useful when combined with other modalities, such as yoga, Feldenkrais, meditation, the Buteyko method and “breath therapy.” Nothing in the body happens in isolation, and an exploration of breathing mechanics exemplifies this.      Breathing involves many sequences of coordinated muscular and visceral co-contractions. Trigger points can often be palpated along the anterior...

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Trigger Point Therapy - So what are the Benefits of Stretching?

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  Stretching and Breathing - How and Why?   Stretching is a simple and effective activity that helps to enhance athletic performance, decrease the likelihood of injury, and minimize muscle soreness But how, specifically, is this accomplished?  1. Improved Range of Movement By placing particular parts of the body in certain positions, we are able to increase the length of our muscles. As a result of this, a reduction in general muscle tension is achieved and our normal range of movement is increased. By increasing our range of movement we are increasing the distance our limbs can move before damage...

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