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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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Treating Common Sports Injuries - Tendinitis of the Adductor Muscles

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Hip Adductor Muscles     Hip Adductors - Trigger Point Anatomy     Tendinitis of the Adductor Muscles - The pain is similar to a groin strain but onset is gradual and chronic in nature Inflammation in the adductor muscle tendons or tendon sheaths due to overuse can cause pain in the groin area. Sprinting, football, soccer, hurdling and horse riding can all cause overuse in these muscles. Unresolved injuries such as groin strain can also lead to tendinitis. The adductor muscles include the pectineus, adductor longus, adductor brevis, gracilis and adductor magnus and the tendons of any of...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Trapezius for Head, Neck and Shoulder Pain

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Stuart Hinds: Treating trapezius trigger points with a Muscle Energy Technique (MET).        Just about everyone has trapezius trigger points. In most cases they can be treated simply and effectively for relieving head, neck and shoulder pain. Treating trigger points in the upper trapezius can have a profound effect for many painful conditions. In addition to compression techniques, we often use the following muscle energy techniques (MET's) to target the treatment areas (taught bands/trigger points).     MET Treatment of Right Upper Trapezius The therapist places the right upper trapezius in a position of bind, and asks the...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's)

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

Stuart Hinds - MET for Scalenes/SCM   Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) are increasingly being used to help dissipate trigger points - especially in cases of chronic shortening of the muscles METs are a broad classification of manual therapy methods directed at improving musculoskeletal function and reducing pain. Historically, the concept of METs emerged as a form of osteopathic manipulative diagnosis and treatment in which the patient’s muscles are actively used on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed counterforce from the practitioner. MET was first described in 1948 by Fred Mitchell, Sr., D.O....

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Latissimus Dorsi

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

      A muscle this size, covering so much of the ribcage, will also have an influence on diaphragmatic function     Treating Latissimus Dorsi Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner      A neuromuscular efficient core is required for the latissimus dorsi to provide the necessary forces to carry out some function at the glenohumeral joint. Neuromuscular inefficiency sets up the foundation for repetitive stress and associated “frozen shoulder”-type symptoms. The latissimus dorsi decelerates lateral rotation, flexion, and abduction of the humerus in the glenohumeral joint. When the insertion of the latissimus dorsi is flexed, the muscle plays a...

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