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Pectoralis Minor | Trigger Point Release Therapy | Anatomy

Posted by Judith Winer on

This thin, flat muscle connects the ribs to the shoulder blade, and can be difficult to palpate, as it is under the Pectoralis major           The Pectoralis minor pulls down the coracoid process, which pulls the shoulder blade forward and down whenever you push, punch, or raise your arm out to the side (abduction) and return it to the starting position (adduction). The muscle helps produce shoulder blade rotation against resistance. When the shoulder blade is fixed, the pectoralis minor becomes an accessory muscle when inhaling during deep upper chest breathing, often during respiratory distress. This thin,...

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Trigger Point Therapy | Knee Pain | Treating Popliteus

Posted by Julian Knight on

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 runner's call the "heel strike").   Soft Tissue Therapy -...

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Trigger Point Release | Shoulder Pain | Rhomboids

Posted by Judith Winer on

Trigger points in the Rhomboid muscles will typically cause pain around the scapula and in the area between the scapula and the spine     Trigger Points in the Rhomboids are often associated with chronic poor posture [Greek rhomboiedes, parallelogram- shaped with oblique angles (and only the opposite sides equal); Latin minor, smaller; major, larger] Generally referred to as the rhomboids, these are actually two muscles (major and minor).  The rhomboid minor is smaller than the major and sits immediately above the rhomboid major. Both of the rhomboid muscles originate along the thoracic spine with their fibers running diagonally downward and...

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Runner's Knee | Trigger Points | Quadriceps

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee) is often associated with trigger points in the quadriceps muscles Pain in the patella (kneecap), especially after sitting for a long time or running downhill, may result from incorrect movement of the patella over the femur or tight tendons. The articular cartilage under the patella may become inflamed as well, leading to another condition called chondromalacia patellae which is found more commonly in women. The angle formed between the two lines of pull of the quadriceps muscle and the patellar (tendon) ligament is known as the Q-angle. If the patella moves out of its...

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Yoga for Trigger Points | Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Technique Lie on the belly, with the hands and elbows into the rib cage. The legs come together and extend, pressing the feet into the floor and engaging the core toward the spine to protect the lumbar area. Lift the torso up from the floor, with the hip bones grounded into the mat. The gaze is forward. The hands are not used to press into the floor; the spinal extensors must contract to lift the upper body against gravity for full benefit.            Bhujangasana - Cobra Pose The video above is an extract from the...

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