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Blogs and Articles — Knee

The Unique Trigger Point - Vastus Medialis

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

  Dr. Jonathan Kuttner - recipient of the NAMTPT Lifetime Award for Contribution to Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy       Notes for the above video:   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, cause knee pain, and affect foot and ankle movement. Eccentric contraction decelerates knee flexion, adduction, and internal rotation during heel-strike of the gait cycle. The rectus femoris eccentrically decelerates hip extension and knee flexion during gait. The inter-relationship of all the quadriceps muscles provides dynamic stability...

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Trigger Point Therapy | Sartorius Muscle | Hip Pain | Knee Pain

Posted by Team NAT on

  Sartorius is the most superficial muscle of the anterior thigh and is also the longest strap muscle in the body    Sartorius Muscle and Trigger Points          The medial border of the upper third of this muscle forms the lateral boundary of the femoral triangle (adductor longus forms the medial boundary, and the inguinal ligament forms the superior boundary). The action of sartorius is to put the lower limbs in the seated cross-legged position of the tailor (hence its name from the Latin "sator" meaning tailor).   Sartorius - Common Trigger Point Sites     Satellite Myofascial Trigger Points The...

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Trigger Point Therapy | Knee Pain | Treating Popliteus

Posted by Julian Knight on

The deep location of popliteus and it's relatively small size, mean that it is often overlooked! The popliteus muscle is a fairly small muscle located behind the knee. It runs from the lateral side (outside) of the femur to the medial side of the tibia, lying deep beneath the main calf muscle (gastrocnemius). Its role is to unlock the knee just after the heel touches the ground when you are walking or running, so that you can slightly bend the knee and absorb the impact created while hitting the ground (what runner's call the "heel strike").   Soft Tissue Therapy -...

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Runner's Knee | Self Help | Taping | Stretching

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Runners Knee is more common in women and prevalent in teenagers Runner’s Knee can refer to a number of injuries resulting from overuse, causing pain around the knee cap (patella). Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is the most common type of Runner’s Knee. It’s name comes from it’s high prevalence in runners, where the repeated stress on the knee causes irritation where the patella rests on the thigh bone. The pain can be sudden and piercing or chronic and dull. It can also affect other athletes whose activities require repeated bending of the knee, e.g. jumping, biking and walking.  ...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Popliteus and Knee Pain

Posted by Julian Knight on

    Popliteus - an often overlooked muscle that takes a lot of abuse       Left untreated, trigger points in popliteus can lead to a number of more serious complications Machine-based exercise, such as prone leg curls, can over-stress the popliteus, causing spasm and diminished screw-home capability. This, in turn, can lead to inhibition of the piriformis and deep hip rotators, with hyperextension at the knee. Shortness of the muscle can be confirmed by observing slight flexion and internal rotation of the anatomical leg.   Popliteus - Common Trigger Point Site   Knee Pain and Stiffness The popliteus...

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