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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - Treatment

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Thoracic Outlet Syndrome     Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a frequently overlooked peripheral nerve compression or tension event that is often difficult to diagnose - but can often respond surprisingly fast to manual therapy TOS occurs when nerves and/or blood vessels become compressed in their passageway through the thoracic outlet which sits between your collarbone and first rib. The thoracic outlet is surrounded by bone, muscle and other tissues. Movement or enlargement of these tissues near the thoracic outlet as a result of conditions such as cervical rib, tumors in the chest, muscle enlargement and weight gain, may lead to...

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Treating the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle (SCM)

Posted by Judith Winer on

  The Sternocleidomastoid Muscle       Treating the Sternocleidomastoid Muscle - Dry Needling with Paul Townley     Active Trigger Points in the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) Can Appear for a Host of Reasons - the Symptoms Can Often be Chronic Pain  This Sternocleidomastoid is a long strap muscle with two heads. It is sometimes injured at birth, and may be partly replaced by fibrous tissue that contracts to produce a torticollis (wry neck). A hugely important muscle for trigger point therapists. Generally speaking, the sternocleidomastoid is the muscle that most people feel hurting or tense when performing sit-ups. When short, it changes...

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Trigger Points and Sciatic Type Pain - Gluteus Minimus

Posted by Judith Winer on

Gluteus Muscles   Gluteus Minimus Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner   Video Notes In the video above, NAT Presenter Dr. Jonathan Kuttner shows how to locate trigger points in the Gluteus Minimus, and explains the connection with sciatica and sciatic-type pain. Whilst the Gluteus Minimus is a small muscle, its active trigger points can cause extremely painful symptoms.  Trigger points in this muscle are a common cause of "sciatic" type pain. So much so that Dr. Janet Travell referred to the gluteus minimus as the "Psuedo-Sciatica" muscle.  Medical Doctors will often be unaware of trigger points and will typically refer...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Treating Achilles Tendinitis

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Achilles Tendinitis      Achilles Tendinitis - Trigger Point Therapy   Achilles problems are amongst the most common issues that therapists deal with every day - especially with clients who are regular runners or walkers In many cases, poor footwear or a change of footwear to a new design, is the cause. Trigger points form to weaken muscles of the calf in particular, creating a chain effect and ultimately additional trigger points and a reaction in the achilles. Trigger Point Treatment Protocol Trigger point therapy can be wonderfully effective for treating achilles issues. Here (video above) we demonstrate the most commonly...

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Treatment for Dupuytren’s Contracture

Posted by Judith Winer on

  Dupuytren's Contracture       Maureen Abson demonstrates palm massage for Dupuytren's Contracture   Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition that can cause the fingers to contract, sometimes meaning that the person loses normal functioning of the hands. First, to explore some of the myths that surround Dupuytren’s, this condition is not caused by overuse, operating machinery, or too much golf, nor is it a virus. Rather it is a thickening of the connective tissue below the skin—but on top of the tendons. In this way it is similar to scar tissue, and as it builds it pulls the fingers forward....

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