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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Latissimus Dorsi

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    Treating Latissimus Dorsi Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   A muscle this size, covering so much of the posterolateral ribcage, will also have an influence on diaphragmatic function A neuromuscular efficient core is required for the latissimus dorsi to provide the necessary forces to carry out some function at the glenohumeral joint. Neuromuscular inefficiency sets up the foundation for repetitive stress and associated “frozen shoulder”-type symptoms. The latissimus dorsi decelerates lateral rotation, flexion, and abduction of the humerus in the glenohumeral joint.   Latissimus Dorsi - Treating Lower Trigger Point   When the insertion of the latissimus...

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Muscle Energy Technique - Levator Scapulae

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MET for Levator Scapulae - John Gibbons   Learn More About MET's   MET's are increasingly being used by therapists in combination with trigger point therapy protocols Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's) emerged as a form of osteopathic manipulative diagnosis and treatment in which the client's muscles are actively used on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed counterforce from the practitioner.  MET Treatment for Levator Scapulae  For this treatment the client is supine. The therapist, while providing support, guides the client's head into a side bend, followed by flexion. If a resistance is felt prior...

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Muscle Energy Technique - 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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Muscle Energy Technique - Pectoralis Major

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  Muscle Energy Technique - Pectoralis Major (Stuart Hinds)       Pectoralis Major - Common Trigger Point Sites   Useful Links Find a Trigger Point Professional in your area More Articles About Shoulder Pain More Articles About Rotator Cuff Injuries More Articles About Frozen Shoulder Neuromuscular Stretching NAT Professional Courses Certify as a Trigger Point Therapist Membership   About NAT Courses As a manual therapist or exercise professional, there is only one way to expand your business - education! Learning more skills increases the services that you offer and provides more opportunity for specialization. Every NAT course is designed...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's)

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Stuart Hinds - MET for Scalenes/SCM   Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) are increasingly being used to help dissipate trigger points - especially in cases of chronic shortening of the muscles METs are a broad classification of manual therapy methods directed at improving musculoskeletal function and reducing pain. Historically, the concept of METs emerged as a form of osteopathic manipulative diagnosis and treatment in which the patient’s muscles are actively used on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed counterforce from the practitioner. MET was first described in 1948 by Fred Mitchell, Sr., D.O....

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