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Treating the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle (SCM)

Posted by Judith Winer on

  The Sternocleidomastoid Muscle       Treating the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle - Dry Needling with Paul Townley     Active Trigger Points in the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) Can Appear for a Host of Reasons - the Symptoms Can Often be Chronic Pain  This Sternocleidomastoid is a long strap muscle with two heads. It is sometimes injured at birth, and may be partly replaced by fibrous tissue that contracts to produce a torticollis (wry neck). A hugely important muscle for trigger point therapists. Generally speaking, the sternocleidomastoid is the muscle that most people feel hurting or tense when performing sit-ups. When short, it changes...

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Treating the Levator Scapulae

Posted by Judith Winer on

    Levator Scapulae Muscle     Treating Levator Scapulae Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Ischemic Compression Technique Stretching for Levator Scapulae   Almost all neck pain will have myofascial trigger point contributions, and levator scapulae is commonly involved Levator scapulae is deep to the SCM and trapezius. It is named after its action of elevating the scapula. The levator scapulae acts eccentrically to decelerate the downward forces created by the lower fibers of the trapezius and serratus anterior. The levator scapulae decelerates contralateral side flexion in the cervical spine. Almost all neck pain will have myofascial trigger point...

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Trigger Point Release - Dry Needling the Deltoid Muscle

Posted by Judith Winer on

      The Deltoid Muscle    Pain in the Deltoids is most often mistaken for bursitis or a rotator cuff injury   Deltoid Anatomy and Trigger Points  - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner         The deltoid, along with supraspinatus and associated rotator cuff muscles, will regularly develop myofascial trigger points as result of reduced core efficiency. Failure to translate forces from the lower body to the shoulder will result in arthrokinematic stress and the formation of active myofascial trigger points. The restoration of core neuromuscular efficiency will provide a foundation for myofascial trigger point therapy, utilizing neuromuscular therapy and medical...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Quadriceps

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

    Dry Needling can be very effective for treating trigger points in the Quadriceps    The regulations concerning dry needling - required qualifications and licensing - differ enormously depending between countries, states and districts. Dry Needling should never be performed by anyone who isn't suitably trained and authorised to do so.   Shortness of the quadriceps can ultimately influence head and neck positioning, cause knee pain, and affect foot and ankle movement The quadriceps muscles have a significant impact on pelvic rotation (anterior), kneecap tracking, and knee positioning. Shortness of the quadriceps can ultimately influence head and neck positioning,...

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Dry Needling / Medical Acupuncture for Treating Lateral Elbow Pain

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

  Trigger Point Therapy - Dry Needling / Medical Acupuncture for treating lateral elbow pain   Lateral Elbow Pain is Often Associated with Trigger Points  Trigger points are really common in the elbow and forearm muscles; this may well be connected to our increased sedentary and technology-based lifestyles. Needless to say, as hands-on therapists, we too often get tense and stiff forearm muscles. Why trigger points? Our body tries to protect us. It wants the trauma to heal and often “switches-of” around “damaged tissue.” Trigger points are a key part of this protect-and-defend mechanism. However, if a problem isn t managed...

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