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Low Back Pain | Key Structures | Facet Joint Syndromes

Posted by Judith Winer on

The facet joint is highly innervated with pain receptors, making it susceptible to producing back pain   Lumbar Facet Joints and Low Back Pain        Anatomy The facet joints in the vertebral column are located posterior to the vertebral body, and their role is to assist the spine in performing movements such as flexion, extension, side-bending, and rotation. Depending on their location and orientation, the facet joints will allow certain types of motion but restrict others. For example, the lumbar spine is limited in rotation, but flexion and extension are freely permitted. In the thoracic spine, rotation and...

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Scalp Massage | Tension Headaches | Therapeutic Hair Pulling

Posted by Judith Winer on

    Chronic daily tension-type headaches affect approximately 3% of the population with women being twice as likely to suffer from them as men Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, they are experienced by most people during their lives and they are the ‘everyday’ headaches. Tension headaches used to be referred to as muscle contraction headaches or stress headaches, but generally these terms have gone out of usage. The National Health Service in the UK estimate that about half of adults experience tension-type headaches once or twice a month, with 1 in 3 get suffering up to...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Anterior Shoulder Pain

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Treating Anterior Shoulder Pain - Stuart Hinds   Anterior Shoulder Pain Anterior shoulder pain is common and more frequent than posterior pain.  In this blog, Stuart Hinds shows his approach to gathering a careful understanding of the nature and distribution of the pain, and implementation of treatment protocols.     5 Great Shoulder Stretches Dry Needling for Trigger Points NAT Professional Courses Certify as a Trigger Point Therapist Trigger Point Workbooks    Recommended Trigger Point Therapy Courses:                     This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes...

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Healthy Stretching | Trunk and Spine | Daily Program

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

Don't Forget the Trunk and Spine in Your Daily Stretching Routine, or Pre and Post Practice    Warm Up and Recovery Stretch - Trunk and Spine       It's so important to maintain a healthy flexibility in our back and core. To help give you some ideas that might work for you, and maybe even shake up your current routine - see below.       Technique: While sitting on a chair with your feet flat on the ground, look straight ahead and keep your body upright. Slowly bend to the left or right while reaching towards the ground with one...

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Iliotibial Band (ITB) | Tensor Fasciae Latae (TFL) | Hip Restrictions

Posted by Judith Winer on

      TFL Trigger Points - Pain can refer midway down the lateral thigh and will often radiate to the knee The tensor fasciae latae (TFL) is a vitally important structure in providing stability through the knee and pelvis. This muscle is a junction for several chains, including the spiral and lateral chains. The anteromedial fibers are responsible for flexion of the thigh, while the posterolateral fibers provide stability to the knee.   Treating TFL Trigger Points - Stuart Hinds         The tensor fasciae latae assists various muscles, including the gluteus medius and minimus, rectus femoris, iliopsoas, pectineus,...

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