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Trigger Point Therapy - Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) Syndrome

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Stretching the SCM following trigger point treatment   Visit Online Store   SCM syndrome typically presents as neck stiffness with decreased rotation - sometimes along with nausea, tinnitus, vertigo, or spasms in the neck The syndrome is most often associated with myofascial trigger points in both the SCM and upper trapezius.     SCM - Common Trigger Point Sites     Causes Causes are often posture related with ‘Upper Crossed Pattern’ a common indicator, and it is very much associated with aging. SCM Syndrome can also be caused by a trauma such as whiplash and is commonly connected with occupation-related repetitive strain -...

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Trigger Point Therapy - CRPS1

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Michael Coffee LMT presenting his techniques for the treatment of CRPS at the 33rd Annual NAMTPT Conference, Chicago, October 2017. Niel Asher Education received the award for "Excellence in Education" at the conference.   My Journey with NAT - Michael Coffee LMT   Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that usually occurs after a trauma or injury to one of your limbs The cause of CPRS is believed to be due to the malfunction of or damage to the peripheral and central nervous system (CNS) or perhaps even the blood supplies to the nerves themselves. The...

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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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Treating Tension Type Headaches and Migraines

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    Treating SCM Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Trigger Point Treatment for Headaches   Ischemic Compression Technique   Studies have shown the importance of the relationship between trigger points and headaches According to many neurologists, the most common form of headache seen in the clinic is "chronic daily headache associated with muscle tension" (chronic TTH) with periodic migrainous features. This type of headache is often included in the category of migraine or transformed migraine, but is characterized by a background of daily headache with tender, tight muscle bands in the head, neck, and shoulder muscles (trigger points),...

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