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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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Postural Trigger Points May Be Connected To 95% of Common Back and Shoulder Pain Disorders

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  Upper Crossed Syndrome Explained - Simeon Asher   Click for Online Course Details      Postural muscles tend to have a greater percentage of Type 1 fibers. This characteristic may lead to a more resistant type of trigger point. The majority of your clients may have occupations that involve prolonged sitting, often at a computer screen, and increased use of mobile devices and tablets. Ergonomics is a booming industry, focusing on the interactions of people and their working environments; however, not all workplaces can afford to implement proper ergonomic interventions. Long and monotonous days spent in front of a computer screen often...

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Trigger Points and Lower Back Pain

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Treating Trigger Points for Back Pain - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Lower Back Pain has reached epidemic proportions. Here we look at the part played by trigger points. It has been suggested that low back pain is an inevitable result of walking upright (Harari). As the force of gravity acts upon the skeleton and its muscular and ligamentous armature, it is distributed via the fascia into three dimensions. Myers (2013) talks of an internal cohesion-compression of the body where it is both collapsing in on itself and pushing out from itself in a constant state of equilibrium, a concept called ‘tensegrity’. Tensegrity...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Five Awesome Exercises for the Lower Back

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  Mike McGurn Demonstrates "The Plank"     Lower back pain is often associated with trigger points in the Erector Spinae, Rectus Abdominis, Iliopsoas, Quadratus Lumborum, and the Gluteus medius muscles   Here are five great exercises that may help you avoid lower back pain, and obtain some relief from trigger points.  1. The Plank Technique: The basic plank exercise, also called a hover, is the starting place if you want to improve your core strength and stability. Here’s how to do it right. • Begin in the plank position with your forearms and toes on the floor • Keep your torso straight and...

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Stretching for Pain Relief - Shoulder & Neck Pain

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  Neck Pain and Trigger Points   Neuromuscular Stretching Technique Trigger Point Therapy - Where to Start?   Trigger points are common in all the main shoulder and neck muscles In fact just about all of us have latent trigger points, usually as a result of poor posture .... one of those simple things that they used to teach in schools but has long ago vanished. Failure to work on your posture and to take simple steps to promote shoulder and neck health will often (increasingly often) lead to active trigger points, and a whole host of potential musculoskeletal injuries as...

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