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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating the Scalenes

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  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 - Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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  Treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome     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...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Scalenes Trigger Points

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  Scalenes Trigger Point Release     Notes It's worth remembering that trigger points in the psoas muscle (causing shortening of the psoas) can lead to adaptations in the scalenes, resulting in a short contracted state, thereby pulling up the ribcage and sometimes even affecting respiratory efficiency. Clients may present with numbness in the anterior chest, the upper back, and the lateral-anterior shoulder down the arm. In many cases the pain may refer into the thumb and second digit. The scalenes are a complex group of muscles with varying muscle fiber lengths, and therefore demonstrate the potential for many trigger...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Muscle Energy Techniques for the SCM and the Scalenes

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  John Gibbons demonstrates muscle energy techniques for the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) and the Scalenes   Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) 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 forward-head posture; this sets up the foundation for kinetic chain pain and...

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Trigger Point Therapy - 5 Step Neck Technique

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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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