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Treating Tension Type Headaches and Migraines

Posted by Judith Winer on

    Trigger Point Anatomy - Epicranius Muscles       So what is 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), with pain referred to the head. A 2006 study by Calandre et al compared patients...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Brachioradialis

Posted by Christopher Hamze on

  Brachioradialis Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner MD   Active trigger points in brachioradialis are common and will often induce pain that is misdiagnosed as tennis elbow The brachioradialis is part of the superficial group and forms the lateral border of the cubital fossa. It is typical for the belly of the muscle to be prominent when working against resistance. The brachioradialis muscle works to flex the elbow and to help the extensors of the hand to bend the wrist up and back. The brachioradialis is commonly over-used and over-worked, especially by those who utilize gripping in their occupation. Origin Upper two-thirds of anterior...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Popliteus

Posted by Julian Knight on

Stuart Hinds - Treating Trigger Points in Popliteus   The deep location of popliteus and it's relatively small size, mean that it is often overlooked! The popliteus muscle is a fairly small muscle located behind the knee. It runs from the lateral side (outside) of the femur to the medial side of the tibia, lying deep beneath the main calf muscle (gastrocnemius). Its role is to unlock the knee just after the heel touches the ground when you are walking or running, so that you can slightly bend the knee and absorb the impact created while hitting the ground (what...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Quadratus Femoris

Posted by Christopher Hamze on

  Treating Quadratus Femoris - Stuart Hinds     Trigger Points in the Quadratus Femoris typically appear together  with other Trigger Points in the immediate area, including the hip, and the pelvic floor This small muscle helps to rotate the hip sideways. When the hip is flexed, it helps move the hip and thigh away from midline. The quadratus femoris is one of the short lateral rotator core muscles, which interact with dysfunctions of L4 through S3 vertebrae. Movement is the best indicator as to which lateral rotator is involved. This muscle may stick to the underlying obturator externus.      ...

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Finding Trigger Points - Latissimus Dorsi

Posted by Judith Winer on

    Latissimus Dorsi - Trigger Point Anatomy     A muscle this size, covering so much of the posterolateral ribcage, will also have an influence on diaphragmatic function A neuromuscular efficient core is required for the latissimus dorsi to provide the necessary forces to carry out some function at the glenohumeral joint. Neuromuscular inefficiency sets up the foundation for repetitive stress and associated “frozen shoulder”-type symptoms. The latissimus dorsi decelerates lateral rotation, flexion, and abduction of the humerus in the glenohumeral joint.   Latissimus Dorsi - Treating Lower Trigger Point   When the insertion of the latissimus dorsi is...

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