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Trigger Point Therapy - Yoga and Stretching

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   Internationally recognised Yoga Instructor Yoni Kedem presents the NAT online course Yoga Anatomy for Trigger Points   If trigger points result in diminished flexibility, can they be treated with yoga? There is a lot of "chatter" about yoga for trigger points, but also a fair amount of confusion. Trigger points are basically knots in the muscles that result through injury or overuse. They are also believed by many to be a key part of the body's natural "protect and defend" mechanism. In addition to pain (often referred pain), active trigger points will cause the muscles to become shorter and...

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Stretching for Relief and Rehabilitation - Quadriceps

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   Standing stretch for the Quads - Stuart Hinds     Left untreated, quadriceps trigger points can result in more serious injury The quadriceps muscles have a significant impact on pelvic rotation (anterior), kneecap tracking, and knee positioning. Shortness of the quadriceps can ultimately influence head and neck positioning, cause knee pain, and affect foot and ankle movement. Trigger points make their host muscles shorter and less efficient. Left untreated, these trigger points can result in more serious injury.   Quadriceps - Common Trigger Point Sites     Stretching Stretching can help dissipate trigger points and may prevent latent trigger points...

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Stretching for the Trunk and Spine

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  Rules for Safe Stretching - Stuart Hinds Stretching is something that most of us should do daily - now could be a good time to start! It's a simple fact that muscles and joints will become stiffer and tighter, simply as part of the aging process. In most cases, this process is caused by a combination of physical degeneration and inactivity. Although we cannot help getting older, this should not mean that we give up trying to improve our flexibility. In fact, quite the opposite! Age does not have to be a barrier to an active lifestyle, but certain precautions should be taken...

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Trigger Point Therapy - 5 Awesome Stretches for the Quads

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Stretching the Quads following ICT treatment for trigger points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner    Trigger points in the quadricep muscles are commonly the cause of hip, thigh and knee pain  The quadriceps is a large group of muscles, the most massive of the leg, located in the anterior (front) of the thigh. They originate from above the hip joint and extend to below the knee. The primary action of the quadriceps is to extend the knee joint, but in conjunction with a number of other muscles in the front of the hip, they are also associated with hip flexion.    ...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Rectus Abdominis Stretch

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Stretching Rectus Abdominis Following ICT Treatment for Trigger Points   Rectus Abdominis This muscle decelerates trunk extension through eccentric action. It is worth noting that the full range of motion cannot be achieved with conventional sit-ups performed on the floor, which can contribute to muscle imbalances and neuromuscular inefficiency of the core. The rectus abdominis has two distinct pain patterns: one at the level of the xiphoid process, spreading bilaterally across the middle back, and the other at the level between the umbilicus and the inguinal ligament, spreading pain into the sacroiliac joint and lower back. Rectus abdominis myofascial trigger...

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