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Healthy "Hammies" - Trigger Point Therapy

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  The Hamstring Muscles   Hamstrings - Trigger Point Anatomy Because the hamstrings have their origin at the sitting bones - Long periods of sitting may affect their function  We rely on our hamstring muscles for walking, jogging, running and jumping. These are the workhorse muscles that enable us to flex our knees and extend our hips at the beginning of each step that we take.  When we are walking, jogging or running, our hamstrings are antagonists to the quadriceps muscles in the action of deceleration of knee extension.  Anatomy The hamstrings consist of three muscles. From medial to lateral they...

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Stretching the Wrist Flexors

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Wrist Flexors         Wrist Flexor Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Nerve Entrapment Syndromes   The wrist flexors definitely tend to fall into that category of important muscle that most of us tend to take for granted.  The wrist flexors are busy working, not just at the gym, but when we are performing common daily tasks such as using mobile phones, gripping a steering wheel or even when we are doing the laundry.   Trigger points build up over time, and may be the precursor to more complex injuries when left untreated. Simple daily stretching may help to prevent the...

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Stretching for Piriformis Syndrome

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Piriformis Muscle          Your Sciatica-Type Pain Could Be Caused by Piriformis Syndrome     So called "Piriformis Syndrome" is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located deep in the buttock region, spasms or contracts to cause a deep shooting type pain through the buttocks and usually down the back of the leg.  This typically happens when the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve which runs close by the muscle and in some cases even runs through the middle of the muscle. In addition to the shooting type pain, the symptoms of piriformis syndrome may also include tingling feeling and numbness also...

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Trigger Point Therapy - 5 Great Stretches for the Quads

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        Trigger points in the quadricep muscles are commonly the cause of hip, thigh and knee pain  The quadriceps is a large group of muscles, the most massive of the leg, located in the anterior (front) of the thigh. They originate from above the hip joint and extend to below the knee. The primary action of the quadriceps is to extend the knee joint, but in conjunction with a number of other muscles in the front of the hip, they are also associated with hip flexion. Rectus femoris is part of the quadriceps femoris, which also includes the...

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Hamstrings - Injury Prevention and Recovery

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  Hamstrings - Stretching Exercise for Injury Prevention and Recovery      Hamstring stretches should be a common part of your stretching and flexibility routine  Hamstring flexibility is important for all athletes and may help prevent injury and delayed onset muscle soreness, tightness, and trigger point activation, after exercise. Tight hamstrings may also signal themselves early and be felt as even very minor restriction of motion when straightening the knee or in some cases may refer as a cramp at the back of the knee.         Roll over areas of tension using a hard rubber ball    ...

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