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"Wear, Tear and Repair" Syndrome - Shoulder Injuries

Posted by Judith Winer on

The Shoulder Joint     Overview of Shoulder Biomechanics - Paul Townley (PT)     Shoulder injuries are often more painful at night. This can lead to a damaging "wear, tear, and repair" syndrome. During the daytime, the weight of the arm itself cuts off some of the blood supply to the shoulder muscles. This is generally not problematic. However, when shoulder muscles are injured or damaged this has several important implications.   Shoulder Pain and Trigger Points   Muscle Damage First, any muscle damage is not repaired during the daytime. This is because muscle damage needs a healthy blood...

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Stretching for Piriformis Syndrome

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Piriformis Muscle          Your Sciatica-Type Pain Could Be Caused by Piriformis Syndrome     So called "Piriformis Syndrome" is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttock region, spasms or contracts to cause a deep shooting type pain through the buttocks and usually down the back of the leg.  This typically happens when the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve which runs close by the muscle and in some cases even runs through the middle of the muscle. In addition to the shooting type pain, the symptoms of piriformis syndrome may also include tingling feeling and numbness also...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Erector Spinae

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Erector Spinae Muscle       Treating Erector Spinae Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner M.D.   Trigger Point Therapy - Where to Start?   Over 30 million Americans experience lower back pain, and it is one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for a doctor’s visit The Erector Spinae muscle actually consists of three columns of muscles, the Iliocostalis, Longissimus, and Spinalis, each  running parallel on either outer side of the vertebra and extending from the lower back of the skull all the way down to the Pelvis. The Erector...

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Sacrum | SI Joint Massage Treatment for Sciatica and Hip Pain

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    Treating Calf Muscles to Relieve Sciatic Pain Sciatica typically occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disk or bone spur, but releasing muscle tension can often bring relief  The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, beginning at the lower back, and running through the hips and buttocks down to each leg. In most cases, sciatica affects only one side of the body. Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as a lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis. It is not a medical condition in and of itself.   ...

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How to Treat Achilles Tendinitis

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         Treating Achilles Tendinitis   Achilles Tendinitis is often associated with the development of trigger points in the Gastrocnemius, Plantaris, and Soleus muscles Achilles Tendinitis is characterised by an injury to the achilles tendon mostly due to overuse. The achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, connecting your calf muscles to your heel bone. It is used in many activities such as walking, running and jumping and unfortunately, is commonly injured. Even though the achilles tendon can withstand the impact caused by running and jumping, it can also be affected by tendinitis, which is associated to...

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