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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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Five Awesome Stretches for the Hip and Thigh

Posted by Julian Knight on

  Hip Adductors - Trigger Points Overview    Stretching is often a key component of trigger point treatment Here are five simple stretches that we typically refer to in terms of an aid to general hip mobility. If you are suffering from an existing pain condition, always seek professional advice before starting a stretching program. In all cases, start slowly and ease into and out of each stretch. Check out the anatomy images below and the refer to the stretching exercises that follow. make sure to read and carefully follow the instructions.   Hip Anatomy   Hip Adductors    ...

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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.   Postural and Phasic Muscles 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 – some muscles are capable of modifying their structure. For example, certain authors suggest that the scalenes are...

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Tips to Keep the Calf Muscles Healthy and Pain Free!

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  How to Avoid Injury by Stretching the Calf Muscles After Workout     Calf Muscle Stretch - Find the Way That Works for You! Watch the video above to get the concept and try the stretch demonstrated by Dani. If you're not quite able to get into that position (comfortably and without pain) try this slightly easier version (see below):      Technique: Stand upright and place one foot in front of the other. Bend your front leg and keep your back leg straight. Push your heel to the ground and lean forward. Place your hands on the ground...

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