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Shoulder Testing Techniques - Supraspinatus

Posted by Simeon Niel Asher on

There are a number of manual testing techniques that can be used to indicate problems with the rotator cuff muscles. Here we deal specifically with a well used test for supraspinatus.   The muscles are tested using active resisted movement to isolate any symptoms to the contracting muscles. A positive test involves pain and often weakness on contracting the affected muscle. Weakness will be felt with partial or full-thickness tears of the rotator cuff, but may also be present with tendinitis due to pain inhibition of the affected muscle.     The examiner stands alongside the patient on the affected...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Taping

Posted by Simeon Niel Asher on

Taping techniques are increasingly performed after trigger point therapy sessions to “unload” the treated muscle The use of taping has become increasingly common as an adjunct to manual therapy, and trigger point therapy offers a number of excellent opportunities to exploit the benefits of taping. Like so many manual therapy techniques, there is simply too little research to make a strong case one way or another for the benefits of taping. However, most therapists who use taping will tell you that it is often extremely effective as a method of providing support to weakened muscles whilst providing full range of motion for the...

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Trigger Pointy Therapy - The Physiology of Muscle Contraction

Posted by Simeon Niel Asher on

  Understanding Nerve Impulse and Muscle Action Each muscle fiber is innervated by a single motor nerve fiber, ending near the middle of the muscle fiber. A single motor nerve fiber and all the muscle fibers it supplies is known as a motor unit. The number of muscle fibers supplied by a single nerve fiber is dependent upon the movement required. When an exact, controlled degree of movement is required, such as in eye or finger movement, only a few muscle fibers are supplied; when a bigger movement is required, as in large muscles like gluteus maximus, several hundred fibers...

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Frozen Shoulder - Why You Need to Keep The Shoulder Moving

Posted by Simeon Niel Asher on

  With a frozen shoulder it is very important to keep the shoulder moving as much as possible. What you do with your shoulder on a daily basis is important both for managing pain and increasing the rate of recovery. There are simple things you can think about as you go about your daily life to make the ordeal of your frozen shoulder more bearable. The instinct we have when something is hurting is not to use the painful area. Whereas this may be appropriate for other problems, such as a fracture or ligament sprain, it is not so for a...

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Trigger Point Therapy - How to Choose a Therapist

Posted by Judith Winer on

You know you need trigger point therapy - but how do you find the therapist who's right for you? Trigger points are taut bands that form within muscles and cause the muscles to become shorter, weaker, and less efficient. Essentially trigger points are what your grandmother referred to as “knots” within the muscles.Trigger points develop for a number of reasons including overuse or trauma from injuries. When left untreated they may cause you to overcompensate and put additional strain on other healthy muscles which can lead to more severe musculoskeletal disorders.According to leading medical experts such as Dr Bob Gerwin...

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