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Trigger Point Therapy - Supraspinatus

Posted by Judith Winer on

      Supraspinatus Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner MD   Treating the Rotator Cuff    Trigger points in supraspinatus typically cause deep pain in the lateral shoulder, forearm, and wrist The supraspinatus works in conjunction with the deltoid to produce abduction at the glenohumeral joint. Because of its insertion superiorly onto the greater tuberosity, the muscle pulls the humeral head into the glenohumeral joint, thereby providing the stability needed while the deltoid (pulling halfway down the humerus) abducts the arm.   Supraspinatus - Common Trigger Point Sites         How to Dry Needle the Supraspinatus  -...

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The Rotator Cuff Explained

Posted by Judith Winer on

      Rotator Cuff Explained - Jonathan Kuttner M.D.     Pelvic, Trunk, and Scapula stability need to be secure to prevent common rotator cuff injuries A survey of one year (2006) showed that over 7.5 million people visited their doctor for a shoulder problem, including shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains. More than half of these visits (4.1 million) were for rotator cuff problems. Another more recent study (Lewis, 2014) reported that 70% of visits to doctors and therapists for shoulder pain were related to rotator cuff disorders. Shoulder injuries are frequently caused by sports and athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as...

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Trigger Point Release - Teres Minor

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Teres Minor Trigger Points - often associated with Rotator Cuff Injuries   The teres minor decelerates internal rotation of the shoulder joint Inhibition in this muscle due to short/ spastic subscapularis, latissimus dorsi, teres major, and pectoralis major muscles sets up the ideal conditions for repetitive stress in sports, such as swimming and rugby, and in any activity involving acceleration through internal/external rotation and flexion/extension of the shoulder complex. Numbness or tingling will be felt in the fourth and fifth digits of the same arm, as well as pain in the posterior shoulder at the greater tuberosity. Teres minor myofascial...

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Trigger Point Release - Infraspinatus

Posted by Christopher Hamze on

Muscle Energy Stretching Technique - Infraspinatus   The infraspinatus muscle is member of the rotator cuff group, which comprises the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis The rotator cuff helps hold the head of the humerus in contact with the glenoid cavity (fossa, socket) of the scapula during movements of the shoulder, thus helping to prevent dislocation of the joint.     ORIGIN Infraspinous fossa of scapula. INSERTION Middle facet on greater tubercle of humerus. Capsule of shoulder joint. ACTION As a rotator cuff muscle, helps prevent posterior dislocation of shoulder joint. Laterally rotates humerus. Antagonists: subscapularis, pectoralis major, latissimus...

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Treating Trigger Points - Infraspinatus

Posted by Graeme Turofsky on

    Infraspinatus - Trigger Point Anatomy     The infraspinatus is an important muscle in scapula positioning as it decelerates internal rotation and shoulder flexion As with each of the other rotator cuff muscles (Supraspinatus, Subscapularis, Teres Minor) the infraspinatus depends upon an efficient core (lumbopelvic-hip complex) to translate the forces required from the lower to the upper limbs. Clients typically present with deep shoulder pain (in the joint). In some cases pain will also refer to the biceps and down the side of the shoulder, radiating as far as the thumb. Severe pain in the anterior deltoid and bicipital groove are a...

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