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Trigger Point Blog — Gastrocnemius

Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Achilles Tendinitis

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  Achilles Tendinitis - Trigger Point Therapy   Achilles problems are amongst the most common issues that therapists deal with every day - especially with clients who are regular runners or walkers In many cases, poor footwear or a change of footwear to a new design, is the cause. Trigger points form to weaken muscles of the calf in particular, creating a chain effect and ultimately additional trigger points and a reaction in the achilles. Trigger Point Treatment Protocol Trigger point therapy can be wonderfully effective for treating achilles issues. Here (video above) we demonstrate the most commonly used NAT trigger point...

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Achilles Tendinitis - Self Help

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  Simple ways to stretch soleus - Stuart Hinds   Become a Trigger Point Therapist   What is Achilles Tendinitis? Achilles Tendinitis is characterized by an injury to the achilles tendon mostly due to overuse. The achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting your calf muscles to your heel bone. It is used in many activities such as walking, running, and jumping and unfortunately, is commonly injured. Even though the achilles tendon can withstand the impact caused by running and jumping, it can also be affected by tendinitis, which is associated to overuse, degeneration and injury. During achilles tendinitis, the...

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Muscle Energy Techniques - Gastrocnemius

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Scroll down for step-by-step instructions for treating this muscle using the Muscle Energy Technique protocol.   Gastrocnemius - Common Trigger Point Sites   Gastrocnemius The gastrocnemius is part of the composite muscle known as the triceps surae, which forms the prominent contour of the calf.  The triceps surae comprises the gastrocnemius, soleus, and plantaris. The popliteal fossa at the back of the knee is formed inferiorly by the bellies of the gastrocnemius and plantaris, laterally by the tendon of the biceps femoris, and medially by the tendons of the semimembranosus and semitendinosus. Trigger points in the gastrocnemius are typically associated with...

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Treating Gastrocnemius

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    Treating Trigger Points in Gastrocnemius - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Ischemic Compression Technique   The gastrocnemius is the largest and most superficial of the calf muscles. It has the soleus and tibialis posterior muscles lying deep to it. Gastrocnemius trigger points are a common cause of painful injuries. Thankfully these trigger points are easy to identify and treat. Trigger points in these muscles will often refer pain even in their latent sate. This is common for people who stand or walk for long periods daily, especially ladies who wear high heeled shoes. When these trigger points are active, they...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Gastrocnemius Anatomy

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  Trigger Points - Gastrocnemius   Notes for the Video Above: 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.         Find a Trigger Point Professional in your area NAT 5 Step Shoulder Technique Dry Needling for Trigger Points...

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