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Self Help Techniques for Common Shoulder Trigger Points - Upper Trapezius

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Trapezius Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner    Trigger Point Therapy - Where to Start? Ischemic Compression Technique   Trapezius trigger points are incredibly common and related to a number of ailments such as headaches and stiff necks Trapezius is a major mover of the shoulder. The upper fibers pull the shoulder girdle up and help prevent depression of the shoulder girdle when weight is carried. Trigger points form in the upper, middle and lower trapezius. Upper trigger points are commonly active, typically posture related, and just about all of us have them. These trigger points are associated with a wide...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Shoulder Impingement

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John Gibbons - Techniques for treating shoulder impingement   Rotator cuff (or shoulder) impingement syndrome is a very common cause of shoulder pain and can be a precursor to tendonitis or a more serious tear in the rotator cuff A shoulder impingement occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff become impinged as they pass through the narrow bony space called the subacromial space within the shoulder joint. The impingement, or restriction, irritates the tendons causing inflammation and pain. As the inflammation causes swelling of the tendons, the restriction increases, and so too does the rubbing and pain in the...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Stretching the Pecs

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 Stretching Pectoralis Muscles - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Neuromuscular Stretching Technique   The pec major eccentrically decelerates extension, horizontal abduction, external rotation, and retraction of the shoulder joint. This muscle can develop multiple myofascial trigger points because of its clavicular and sternal fibers, firing pain across the anterior deltoid and down the lateral aspect of the arm into the thumb and fourth and fifth digits. A rare myofascial trigger point can mimic the symptoms of angina pectoris. Pain from these myofascial trigger points can also be felt as interscapular and subscapular pain. Here's our favorite stretch for the pec major....

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Trigger Point Therapy - Neuromuscular Stretching Technique

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  Neuromuscular Technique for Trapezius - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   One research study from the University of Queensland, proposed that PNF stretching may be the most effective stretching technique for increasing range of motion. We all know how important it is to regularly stretching, nut we know from research studies that all stretching techniques provide the same benefit. Neuromuscular stretching techniques (now increasingly known as Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation -PNF) use reflexes to produce deeper forms of stretch to increase flexibility. PNF stretching is thought to have emerged in the 1940s as a way to treat neuromuscular conditions such as polio and MS. These techniques have since...

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Stretching - Sensory Theory

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There is compelling research in the field of stretching that has direct relevance to a ‘Neuroplastic trigger point theory’.     We all know that stretching makes us feel better BUT the research into stretching is fraught with complexity. For example, where is the end point for stretching? Pain? End point restriction? In 2010 Weppler explored the research base for stretching and presented the notion of a ‘Sensory Theory’ for Increasing Muscle Extensibility. “In the early 1990s, several researchers put mechanical stretching theories to the test by assessing the biomechanical effects of stretching. By including the dimension of tension in muscle...

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