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Trigger Point Therapy - Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Posted by Judith Winer on

      Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a frequently overlooked peripheral nerve compression or tension event that is often difficult to diagnose - but can often respond surprisingly fast to manual therapy TOS occurs when nerves and/or blood vessels become compressed in their passageway through the thoracic outlet which sits between your collarbone and first rib. The thoracic outlet is surrounded by bone, muscle and other tissues. Movement or enlargement of these tissues near the thoracic outlet as a result of conditions such as cervical rib, tumors in the chest, muscle enlargement and weight gain, may lead to TOS. These conditions...

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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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Posture Muscles - Awesome Stretches for Neck and Shoulders!

Posted by Julian Knight on

  Neck Pain and Stiffness is often associated with active Trigger Points in the Scalenes Muscles and is relieved when these are released   The more time spent with a forward head posture, the more likely it is that one will develop neck and shoulder problems Most neck pain that is not caused by whiplash or other trauma has a postural component as part of the underlying problem. Sitting atop the body, the health of the neck is subject to the curvature of the spine and the position of the head above.Neck pain is often associated with trigger points, and these...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating the Scalenes

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

  Treating Scalenes Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Treating scalenes trigger points can bring fast relief for some painful disorders Trigger points in the scalenes are associated with a number of upper body complaints and can also refer pain along the whole length of the arm down to the thumb and index fingers. Some therapists are slightly afraid to work on trigger points in the scalenes as they sit close to several nerve trunks and blood vessels in the neck. In reality, there are a number of safe ways to approach the treatment of these trigger points.   Scalenes...

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Trigger Point Therapy - 5 Step Neck Technique

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

Treating Occipitalis Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Ischemic Compression Technique    Trigger Points and Common Neck Pain Trigger point therapy is not a miracle cure but it can sometimes seem that way, especially when we bring relief to long term sufferers of common conditions such as neck pain. This simple 5 step sequential technique (outlined below), can be extremely effective for both short and long term relief.   This standard approach may be effective for chronic tension and neck ache, stress headache, cervical spine pain, and whiplash. Trigger point therapy can be very effective for this region. Thanks to various studies...

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