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Trigger Point Therapy - Postural and Phasic Muscles

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Postural Muscles and Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner M.D.     When your muscles are placed under faulty or repetitive loading, the postural muscles will shorten and the phasic muscles will weaken It's often accepted that muscles that have a stabilizing function (postural) have a tendency to shorten when stressed, and other muscles that play a more active/moving role (phasic) have a tendency to lengthen and become inhibited. The muscles that tend to shorten have a primary postural role. However, there are some exceptions to the rule that certain muscles follow the pattern of becoming shortened while others become lengthened...

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Hamstrings - Injury Prevention and Recovery

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Hamstrings - Stretching Exercise for Injury Prevention and Recovery      Hamstring stretches should be a common part of your stretching and flexibility routine  Hamstring flexibility is important for all athletes and may help prevent injury and delayed onset muscle soreness, tightness, and trigger point activation, after exercise. Tight hamstrings may also signal themselves early and be felt as even very minor restriction of motion when straightening the knee or in some cases may refer as a cramp at the back of the knee.         Roll over areas of tension using a hard rubber ball    ...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Stretching for Piriformis Syndrome

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

 Your Sciatica-Type Pain Could Be Caused by Piriformis Syndrome         So called "Piriformis Syndrome" is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttock region, spasms or contracts to cause a deep shooting type pain through the buttocks and usually down the back of the leg.  This typically happens when the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve which runs close by the muscle and in some cases even runs through the middle of the muscle. In addition to the shooting type pain, the symptoms of piriformis syndrome may also include tingling feeling and numbness also deep in the back of...

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Stretching for Pain Relief - Anterior Deltoid

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Anterior Deltoid - How to Find Trigger Points       The deltoid, along with supraspinatus and associated rotator cuff muscles, will regularly develop myofascial trigger points as result of reduced core efficiency Failure to translate forces from the lower body to the shoulder will result in arthrokinematic stress and the formation of active myofascial trigger points. The restoration of core neuromuscular efficiency will provide a foundation for myofascial trigger point therapy, utilizing neuromuscular therapy and correctly prescribed exercise. Deltoid Trigger Points Pain is felt as a dull ache for the most part, with increased pain on contraction of the muscle...

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Stretching Quadratus Lumborum (QL)

Posted by Graeme Turofsky on

      Quadratus Lumborum - Common Trigger Point Sites   Active Trigger Points in the QL are Often Associated with Back Pain The QL works together with the psoas for creating an anterior pelvic tilt. It also helps to stabilize the lumbar spine together with the transverse abdominis, and to function with the other “core” muscles.  When both sides of the QL contract together, this causes the lumbar spine to go into extension. When only one side contracts, it will either pull the rib cage downward to assist in lateral flexion (side bending) or it will raise one side of the pelvis upward. Also...

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