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The Diaphragm and Breathing - Trigger Point Therapy

Posted by Judith Winer on

  How To Assess and Influence Your Breathing    Abnormal breathing mechanics may be one of the key factors in the development of chronic myofascial trigger points throughout the body Trigger point therapy can be a useful tool in releasing the musculoskeletal component of respiratory dysfunction and is especially useful when combined with other modalities, such as yoga, Feldenkrais, meditation, the Buteyko method and “breath therapy.” Nothing in the body happens in isolation, and an exploration of breathing mechanics exemplifies this.            Breathing involves many sequences of coordinated muscular and visceral co-contractions. Trigger points can often be palpated...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Paradoxical Breathing

Posted by Julian Knight on

The Autonomic Nervous System and Breathing     Trigger Points are often associated with Paradoxical Breathing Paradoxical (or abdominal) breathing is a term used to describe an abnormal chest movement, with the patient’s chest moving inward (or not moving at all) during inhalation rather than outward or forward. This means that your patient cannot take a functional breath and is most likely a shallow breather. Paradoxical breathing is a common perpetuating factor, but is easy to check if a patient is presenting with this breath rhythm issue. Assessing for Correct Rhythm To assess for correct rhythm, place one hand on...

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Trigger Point Therapy - The Diaphragm

Posted by Team NAT on

  How To Assess and Influence Your Breathing    [Greek dia, across; phragma, partition, wall] See also: Diaphragm and Breathing ORIGIN Back of xiphoid process (lower tip of sternum). Lower six ribs and their costal cartilages. Upper two or three lumbar vertebrae (L1–L3).     Diaphragm - Common Trigger Point Sites     INSERTION All fibers converge and attach onto a central tendon, i.e. this muscle inserts upon itself. ACTION Forms floor of thoracic cavity. Pulls its central tendon downward during inhalation, thereby increasing volume of thoracic cavity. NERVE Phrenic nerve (ventral rami), C3, 4, 5. BASIC FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT Produces about 60%...

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