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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Quadratus Lumborum

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

Video extract from "Treating Low Back Pain" NAT Course - Presented by Dr. Jonathan Kuttner M.D.    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 the QL for a...

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What is Appendicular Sciatica?

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Appendicular Sciatica Explained     With "Appendicular Sciatica", both the root cause and our approach to treatment are different than would be the case with "Axial Sciatica" This is because in Appendicular sciatica, it is usually soft tissue that traps the sciatic nerve. This form of sciatica can be just as painful as axial sciatica, but it will typically respond to soft-tissue work. Axial Sciatica Axial sciatica can be associated with spinal instability (which may well be made worse if we go powering in with indiscriminate deep work), so in treatment of Axial sciatica our aim is simply to...

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Trigger Points and Sciatic Type Pain - Gluteus Minimus

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Gluteus Minimus Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Video Notes In the video above, NAT Presenter Dr. Jonathan Kuttner shows how to locate trigger points in the Gluteus Minimus, and explains the connection with sciatica and sciatic-type pain. Whilst the Gluteus Minimus is a small muscle, it's active trigger points can cause extremely painful symptoms.  Trigger points in this muscle are a common cause of "sciatic" type pain. So much so that Dr. Janet Travell referred to the gluteus minimus as the "Psuedo Sciatica" muscle.  Medical Doctors will often be unaware of trigger points and will typically refer patients...

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Treating Sciatic Pain - The Slump Test

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Assessing Sciatic Pain - Stuart Hinds   Assessing Sciatic Nerve Pain - The Slump Test As a general rule, we apply the Slump test as a follow up to the Straight Leg Raise test. We do not use the Slump test as the "go to" test when assessing sciatic pain. We will invariably start with the straight leg raise. Where a straight leg raise evokes a positive response, do not continue to the Slump test. Please see the video above for details. Slump test is easy to apply and is a simple way to put the sciatic nerve under gradually increasing...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Self Help Tips for Sciatica

Posted by Julian Knight on

    Overview of Sciatica Anatomy    Sciatica most often occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disk or bone spur 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, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis. It is not a medical condition in and of itself.  Sciatica most often occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed...

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