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Trigger Point Blog — Sciatica

Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Quadratus Lumborum

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Video extract from "Treating Low Back Pain" NAT Course - Presented by Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Treating Low Back Pain   Lower Back Pain (LBP) and especially chronic LBP is often associated with trigger points in the Quadratus Lumborum (QL) muscles. The QL is small muscle that punches way above its weight. The QL laterally flexes the vertebral column; fixes the 12th rib during deep respiration (e.g. helps stabilize diaphragm for singers exercising voice control); and helps extend the lumbar part of the vertebral column, and provide it with lateral stability. Being such an active muscle, trigger points form in...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Piriformis Syndrome

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  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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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Gluteus Medius and Minimus

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     Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Gluteus Medius (and Minimus)   Gluteus Medius This muscle is mostly deep to and is therefore obscured by the gluteus maximus, but appears on the surface between the gluteus maximus and the TFL. During walking, this muscle, along with the gluteus minimus, prevents the pelvis from dropping toward the non-weight-bearing leg.     The gluteus medius abducts the hip joint. The anterior fibers medially rotate and may assist in flexion, whilst the posterior fibers slightly laterally rotate the hip joint. As with the gluteus maximus, trigger points in the gluteus medius may refer pain locally to...

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Common Painful Conditions that can be addressed with Trigger Point Therapy

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   How Often To Treat Trigger Points?   What are the most common chronic pain syndromes that respond well to trigger point therapy? Trigger points are associated with most painful conditions. In some cases, trigger points can be addressed to relieve symptoms of pain and restricted movement, and in other cases there are trigger point treatment protocols that can address the root cause and provide total relief. Below we've listed 7 of the most common painful conditions which can often be treated effectively with well established trigger point treatment protocols. Each of these conditions is known to be extremely painful and...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Self Help Tips for Sciatica

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  Sciatica and Trigger Points - Overview for Therapists and Patients   Sciatica most often occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disk or bone spur     Sciatica is characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve    More About Sciatica   The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, beginning at the lower back, and running through the hips and buttocks down to each leg. In most cases, sciatica affects only one side of the body. Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as a lumbar herniated disc,...

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