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Muscle Energy Technique - Gastrocnemius

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Scroll down for step-by-step instructions for treating this muscle using the Muscle Energy Technique protocol       Gastrocnemius - Common Trigger Point Sites   Gastrocnemius The gastrocnemius is part of the composite muscle known as the triceps surae, which forms the prominent contour of the calf.  The triceps surae comprises the gastrocnemius, soleus, and plantaris. The popliteal fossa at the back of the knee is formed inferiorly by the bellies of the gastrocnemius and plantaris, laterally by the tendon of the biceps femoris, and medially by the tendons of the semimembranosus and semitendinosus. Trigger points in the gastrocnemius are...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Achilles Tendinitis

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Achilles Tendinitis - Trigger Point Therapy   Achilles problems are amongst the most common issues that therapists deal with every day - especially with clients who are regular runners or walkers In many cases, poor footwear or a change of footwear to a new design, is the cause. Trigger points form to weaken muscles of the calf in particular, creating a chain effect and ultimately additional trigger points and a reaction in the achilles. Trigger Point Treatment Protocol Trigger point therapy can be wonderfully effective for treating achilles issues. Here (video above) we demonstrate the most commonly used NAT trigger point...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Gastrocnemius Anatomy

Posted by Christopher Hamze on

  Gastrocnemius - Trigger Point Anatomy   Gastrocnemius Muscle and Trigger Points Several trigger points can form in this muscle, typically referring pain (and sometimes stiffness) into the medial plantar aspect of the foot, and diffuse pain spread over one or both of the gasters. In some cases pain may also refer up into the medial hamstrings. Typically, clients will try to stretch the symptoms away. This is more likely to irritate the muscle spindle response and serve only to make the problem worse.  Trigger points in the calf muscles are typically caused by running, sprinting, jumping, climbing, or the wearing of high heels...

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Tips to Keep the Calf Muscles Healthy and Pain Free!

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  How to Avoid Injury by Stretching the Calf Muscles After Workout     Calf Muscle Stretch - Find the Way That Works for You! Watch the video above to get the concept and try the stretch demonstrated by Dani. If you're not quite able to get into that position (comfortably and without pain) try this slightly easier version (see below):      Technique: Stand upright and place one foot in front of the other. Bend your front leg and keep your back leg straight. Push your heel to the ground and lean forward. Place your hands on the ground...

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Achilles Tendinitis - Self Help

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

  Simple ways to stretch soleus - Stuart Hinds   Become a Trigger Point Therapist   What is Achilles Tendinitis? Achilles Tendinitis is characterized 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 overuse, degeneration and injury. During achilles tendinitis, the...

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