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Trigger Point Therapy - Postural and Phasic Muscles

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Postural Muscles and Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner M.D.     When your muscles are placed under faulty or repetitive loading, the postural muscles will shorten and the phasic muscles will weaken It's often accepted that muscles that have a stabilizing function (postural) have a tendency to shorten when stressed, and other muscles that play a more active/moving role (phasic) have a tendency to lengthen and become inhibited. The muscles that tend to shorten have a primary postural role. However, there are some exceptions to the rule that certain muscles follow the pattern of becoming shortened while others become lengthened...

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How To Find Trigger Points - Sternocleidomastoid (SCM)

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Trigger Point Anatomy - Sternocleidomastoid     ActiveTrigger Points in the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) Can Appear for a Host of Reasons - the Symptoms Can Often be Chronic Pain This Sternocleidomastoid is a long strap muscle with two heads. It is sometimes injured at birth, and may be partly replaced by fibrous tissue that contracts to produce a torticollis (wry neck). A hugely important muscle for trigger point therapists. Generally speaking, the sternocleidomastoid is the muscle that most people feel hurting or tense when performing sit-ups. When short, it changes the position of the head on the neck, resulting in a...

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Muscle Energy Technique - Levator Scapulae

Posted by Graeme Turofsky on

Levator Scapulae - Trigger Point Anatomy     MET's are sometimes 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 to the chin touching the chest, this...

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Muscle Energy Techniques - Treating Subscapularis

Posted by Julian Knight on

Trigger Points in Subscapularis - it's important to include stretching as part of treatment. MET's may be effective (see below).   Studies have shown that a combination of compression, stretching and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's) are likely to produce better outcomes when treating trigger points, as compared to compression techniques alone The term MET was first described in 1948 by Fred Mitchell, Sr., D.O. and MET's are today quite commonly used to treat somatic dysfunction, especially decreased range of motion, muscular hypertonicity, and pain. MET's are both effective and easy to learn  A large body of work has emerged over the last...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Latissimus Dorsi

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

    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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