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Trigger Point Therapy - Stretching for Piriformis Syndrome

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

 Your Sciatica-Type Pain Could Be Caused by Piriformis Syndrome         So called "Piriformis Syndrome" is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttock region, spasms or contracts to cause a deep shooting type pain through the buttocks and usually down the back of the leg.  This typically happens when the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve which runs close by the muscle and in some cases even runs through the middle of the muscle. In addition to the shooting type pain, the symptoms of piriformis syndrome may also include tingling feeling and numbness also deep in the back of...

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Treating Sciatic Pain - The Slump Test

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Assessing Sciatic Pain - Stuart Hinds   Assessing Sciatic Nerve Pain - The Slump Test As a general rule, we apply the Slump test as a follow up to the Straight Leg Raise test. We do not use the Slump test as the "go to" test when assessing sciatic pain. We will invariably start with the straight leg raise. Where a straight leg raise evokes a positive response, do not continue to the Slump test. Please see the video above for details. Slump test is easy to apply and is a simple way to put the sciatic nerve under gradually increasing...

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Treating Sciatic Pain - Pace Test

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

  Pace Test - Stuart Hinds   Piriformis Syndrome Sciatic pain comes in many forms and often involves a number of muscles. The Pace test (for Piriformis) is a good indicator of piriformis efficiency and involvement - and "Piriformis Syndrome". Pace’s sign consists of pain and weakness by resisted abduction and external rotation of the hip in a flexed/sitting position. A positive test occurs in around half of the patients with piriformis syndrome.     Useful Links Find a Trigger Point Professional in your area More Articles About Sciatica Overview of Sciatica Dry Needling for Trigger Points NAT Professional Courses Certify as...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Sciatica Overview

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

Piriformis Syndrome - Stuart Hinds   Sciatica is not a diagnosis in itself, it is rather a symptom of an underlying problem Sciatica is an umbrella term given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve; this can include leg pain, sometimes accompanied by tingling, numbness, or weakness. Typically the pain originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve behind the thigh and radiates down below the knee.    The Sciatic Nerve The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Piriformis Syndrome

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

  Treating Piriformis Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Ischemic Compression Technique Trigger Point Therapy Course   Piriformis syndrome is a result of impingement of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle Incorrect form or improper gait often leads to tightness and inflexibility in piriformis. The condition occurs more frequently in women than men (6:1). When piriformis becomes tight it puts pressure on the underlying nerve, causing pain similar to sciatica. The pain usually starts in the mid-gluteal region and radiates down the back of the thigh.   Piriformis - Common Trigger Point Sites   Cause of injury Incorrect...

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