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Treatment for Cervical and Thoracic Spondylosis

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Model of cervical spine showing spondylosis       Trigger points may have an impact on the development and severity of cervical spondylosis     Spondylosis is a medical term for both osteoarthritis of the spine and the general wear and tear that occurs in the joints and bones of the spine as people age The term can be used to describe degeneration in the neck—when this occurs it is referred to as cervical spondylosis. When it occurs in the middle back it is referred to as thoracic spondylosis.  Cervical Spondylosis The most common symptoms of cervical spondylosis are neck pain,...

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Digastricus Muscle - Trigger Points

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The Digastricus Muscle   Latin digastricus, having two (muscle) bellies Origin Anterior belly: digastric fossa on inner side of lower border of mandible, near symphysis. Posterior belly: mastoid notch of temporal bone.   a) Posterior, b) Anterior     Insertion Body of hyoid bone via a fascial sling over an intermediate tendon. Action Raises hyoid bone. Depresses and retracts mandible as in opening the mouth. Nerve Anterior belly: mylohyoid nerve, from trigeminal V nerve (mandibular division). Posterior belly: facial (V11) nerve. Trigger Point Referred Pain  Anterior: lower four incisor teeth, tongue, and lip, occasionally to chin. Posterior: strong 2 cm...

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Treating Trigger Points in the Biceps Brachii

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   Biceps Brachii Muscle   Biceps Brachii - Trigger Point Overview   Trigger Points in the Biceps are associated with most painful shoulder conditions including frozen shoulder The biceps brachii decelerates extension and pronation at the elbow and extension at the shoulder joint. It acts as a junction providing myofascial continuity between the thumb and the ribcage (especially obvious when the upper limb is abducted). The muscle plays a vital role in shoulder stability under dynamic conditions, and can contract with the triceps brachii to stabilize the elbow. It has been described as the muscle that puts in the corkscrew and...

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Treating the Hamstring Muscles in Runners

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  The Hamstring Muscles       Treating the Hamstrings - Stuart Hinds   Notes for the Video Above: Although it has become common to refer to the long muscles at the back of the thigh as the hamstring muscles or the hamstrings, they are in fact the the tendons that attach the large muscles at the back of the thigh to bone. The hamstring muscles themselves are the large muscles that pull on those tendons. Anatomists refer to these as the posterior thigh muscles, and more specifically as the semimembranosus, the semitendinosus, and the biceps femoris muscles. These muscles span...

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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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