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Blogs and Articles — Rotator Cuff Injuries

Trigger Point Release - Infraspinatus

Posted by Christopher Hamze on

Muscle Energy Stretching Technique - Infraspinatus   The infraspinatus muscle is member of the rotator cuff group, which comprises the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis The rotator cuff helps hold the head of the humerus in contact with the glenoid cavity (fossa, socket) of the scapula during movements of the shoulder, thus helping to prevent dislocation of the joint.     ORIGIN Infraspinous fossa of scapula. INSERTION Middle facet on greater tubercle of humerus. Capsule of shoulder joint. ACTION As a rotator cuff muscle, helps prevent posterior dislocation of shoulder joint. Laterally rotates humerus. Antagonists: subscapularis, pectoralis major, latissimus...

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Treating Trigger Points - Infraspinatus

Posted by Graeme Turofsky on

    Infraspinatus - Trigger Point Anatomy     The infraspinatus is an important muscle in scapula positioning as it decelerates internal rotation and shoulder flexion As with each of the other rotator cuff muscles (Supraspinatus, Subscapularis, Teres Minor) the infraspinatus depends upon an efficient core (lumbopelvic-hip complex) to translate the forces required from the lower to the upper limbs. Clients typically present with deep shoulder pain (in the joint). In some cases pain will also refer to the biceps and down the side of the shoulder, radiating as far as the thumb. Severe pain in the anterior deltoid and bicipital groove are a...

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Trigger Point Release - Teres Minor

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Teres Minor Trigger Points - often associated with Rotator Cuff Injuries   The teres minor decelerates internal rotation of the shoulder joint Inhibition in this muscle due to short/ spastic subscapularis, latissimus dorsi, teres major, and pectoralis major muscles sets up the ideal conditions for repetitive stress in sports, such as swimming and rugby, and in any activity involving acceleration through internal/external rotation and flexion/extension of the shoulder complex. Numbness or tingling will be felt in the fourth and fifth digits of the same arm, as well as pain in the posterior shoulder at the greater tuberosity. Teres minor myofascial...

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Trigger Point Therapy - 5 Great Shoulder Stretches

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

  How to Stretch Supraspinatus - Dr. Johnathan Kuttner        Simple Shoulder Stretches Here are 5 other shoulder stretches that we regularly recommend ... 1. Great for trigger points in the "Pecs"! Technique Kneel on the floor in front of a chair or table and interlock your forearms above your head. Place your arms on the object and lower your upper body toward the ground. Muscles that you're stretching Primary muscles: Pectoralis major and minor. Anterior deltoid.Secondary muscles: Serratus anterior. Teres major. Injury where this may help dissipate trigger points Impingement syndrome. Rotator cuff tendonitis. Shoulder bursitis. Frozen shoulder...

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Rotator Cuff Injuries Explained

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

  What Causes the Most Common Rotator Cuff Injuries? - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Left untreated, the symptoms of most rotator cuff injuries will become progressively worse With most rotator cuff injuries, the supraspinatus tendon first becomes damaged in some way (trigger points, tightness, trauma, inflammation). This leads to the overlying bursa becoming inflamed. Normal function of the shoulder is then impossible. This is impingement. Ongoing damage occurs to the supraspinatus tendon and bursa, each time that the arm is raised.       About Dr. Jonathan Kuttner Dr Jonathan Kuttner (MBBCH, Dip Sports Med, Dip MSM, FRNZCGP, FAFMM) is a musculo-skeletal pain specialist...

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