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Trigger Point Therapy - Sciatica

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Sciatic Pain - Stuart Hinds demonstrates his approach to treating the Piriformis   A number of studies have shown the benefits of manual therapy for treating sciatica 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. Overview of Sciatica The condition is characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. This 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...

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Treating Sciatic Pain - Pace Test

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  Pace Test - Stuart Hinds   Piriformis Syndrome Sciatic pain comes in many forms and often involves a number of muscles. The Pace test (for Piriformis) is a good indicator of piriformis efficiency and involvement - and "Piriformis Syndrome". Pace’s sign consists of pain and weakness by resisted abduction and external rotation of the hip in a flexed/sitting position. A positive test occurs in around half of the patients with piriformis syndrome.     Useful Links Find a Trigger Point Professional in your area More Articles About Sciatica Overview of Sciatica Dry Needling for Trigger Points NAT Professional Courses Certify as...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Sciatica Overview

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Piriformis Syndrome - Stuart Hinds   Sciatica is not a diagnosis in itself, it is rather a symptom of an underlying problem Sciatica is an umbrella term given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve; this can include leg pain, sometimes accompanied by tingling, numbness, or weakness. Typically the pain originates in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve behind the thigh and radiates down below the knee.    The Sciatic Nerve The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is...

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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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