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Postural Trigger Points - Back, Shoulder and Neck Pain

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  Upper Crossed Syndrome Explained      Postural muscles tend to have a greater percentage of Type 1 fibers. This characteristic may lead to a more resistant type of trigger point. The majority of your clients may have occupations that involve prolonged sitting, often at a computer screen, and increased use of mobile devices and tablets. Ergonomics is a booming industry, focusing on the interactions of people and their working environments; however, not all workplaces can afford to implement proper ergonomic interventions. Long and monotonous days spent in front of a computer screen often lead to chronic and maladapted postures, which in turn...

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5 Awesome Stretches for Wrist and Elbow Pain

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  Trigger Point Therapy - Stretching the Triceps    Myofascial Trigger Points (MTPs) are ubiquitous, and myofascial pain affects as much as 85% of the population at some time in their life The impact of myofascial pain on health can be severe as patients not only suffer from pain and loss of function, but also from impaired mood and decreased quality of life. Elbow and wrist pain are common, and may often be associated with trigger points in the muscles of the upper arm, lower arm, and shoulder. Stretching alone is unlikely to dissipate trigger points, but it may help...

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Trigger Point Release - Teres Minor

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  Teres Minor Trigger Points - often associated with Rotator Cuff Injuries   The teres minor decelerates internal rotation of the shoulder joint Inhibition in this muscle due to short/ spastic subscapularis, latissimus dorsi, teres major, and pectoralis major muscles sets up the ideal conditions for repetitive stress in sports, such as swimming and rugby, and in any activity involving acceleration through internal/external rotation and flexion/extension of the shoulder complex. Numbness or tingling will be felt in the fourth and fifth digits of the same arm, as well as pain in the posterior shoulder at the greater tuberosity. Teres minor myofascial...

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Lateral Pterygoid Muscle - Trigger Point Release

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Tips for Treating Trigger Points - Lateral Pterygoid   Trigger Points in the Lateral Pterygoid are a Common Cause of Cheek Pain  The superior head of the lateral pterygoid is sometimes called the sphenomeniscus, because it inserts into the disc of the temporomandibular joint. ORIGIN Superior head: lateral surface of greater wing of sphenoid. Inferior head: lateral surface of lateral pterygoid plate of sphenoid.     Lateral Pterygoid Trigger Points      INSERTION Superior head: capsule and articular disc of the temporomandibular joint. Inferior head: neck of mandible. ACTION Protrudes mandible. Opens mouth. Moves mandible from side to side (as...

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Trigger Point Release and Massage for Dogs

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   Andy Eckley - Assessing and Treating Dogs for Muscle Tension and Trigger Points     Andy Eckley is a senior NAT instructor who also works as both a human and animal trigger point therapist. Read more about Andy Eckley     Useful Links on this Website   Find a Trigger Point Professional in your area Dry Needling for Trigger Points NAT Professional Courses Certify as a Trigger Point Therapist See All NAT Online Trigger Point Courses NAT Education Membership Plans              This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes...

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