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Trigger Point Blog — Stretching

What Are The Rules for Safe Stretching?

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  The Basic Rules for Safe and Effective Stretching   Stuart Hind's Bio   Online Course Details   As with most activities there are rules and guidelines to ensure safety Stretching is no exception – it can be extremely dangerous and harmful if done incorrectly. It is vitally important that the following rules be adhered to, both for safety and for maximizing the potential benefits of stretching. There is often confusion and concern about which stretches are good and which stretches are bad. In most cases someone has told the inquirer that they should not do this stretch or that...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Quadriceps Tendinitis

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  Trigger Points - Stretching the Quadricep Muscles     Inflammation of the quadriceps tendon can be a result of repetitive stress to the quadriceps or excessive stress before the muscle is conditioned Minor tears may occur in the tendon when it is stretched while subjected to loading. Pain just above the patella (kneecap), especially when extending (straightening) the knee, usually accompanies this injury. Cause of injury Repetitive stress to the tendon, e.g. running or jumping. Repetitive acceleration and deceleration, e.g. hurdling or football. Untreated injury to the quadriceps.     Signs and symptoms Pain just above the patella. Jumping,...

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Stretching for Pain Relief and Rehabilitation - Hip and Thigh

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   Trigger Points - Stretching for the Hip Flexors     Anatomy of Stretching - Online CE Course     Stretching for the Hip, Thigh and Buttocks The hips and buttocks are comprised of a number of both large muscles (e.g., gluteus maximus) and small muscles (e.g., piriformis). These muscles are primarily responsible for hip stabilization and lower leg movement. The muscles around the hip and buttocks, along with the structure of the hip joint, allow for a large range of movement of the lower leg; including flexion, extension, adduction, abduction, and rotation. Stretching Hamstring injuries, hip arthritis, hip bursitis,...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Stretching the Erector Spinae Muscles

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  Stretching the Erector Spinae - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner     Trigger Point Therapy Course - Treating Back Pain - Click Image Above for Details     Interestingly and contrary to what some of us have been taught the erector spinae muscles don’t hold the spine erect In fact, it turns out that most fibers are electrically silent during postural work (Kippers 1984). This muscle group is designed to activate during extension from flexion, i.e. standing upright from bending forward.   Erector Spinae - Common Trigger Point Sites   The erector spinae has three divisions each of which may manifest...

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Understanding Muscle Energy Techniques (METs)

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   Muscle Energy Techniques Explained   What are METs and how and when should they be used? The purpose of today's blog is to explain the role of muscle energy techniques (METs) and to provide you with a clear understanding of when and why to employ this type of treatment. Manual therapists usually have a toolbox of various techniques at their disposal to help release and relax muscles, which will then assist the client's body to promote the healing mechanisms. METs, first described by Mitchell in 1948, are one such tool that if used correctly can have a major influence on the client's well-being.  ...

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