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Assess Pain and Restriction in Yoga with Anatomy

Here, I discuss how to target the muscle that is causing pain and restrictions in your yoga poses by understanding the underlying anatomy. I discuss several other posts that may be helpful in a deeper understanding of this particular problem, how to use these anatomy illustrations and related patterns. I am in the process of …

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Yoga, “that good stretch feeling,” and trigger points

Stretching can be a useful daily ritual of relief. It changes a stiff body into something that has less pain and stiffness. I give it to my clients to manage their daily pain, and it helps. It can really ease your activities of daily living. Client’s love “that good stretch feeling.” It really should be …

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Key concepts when managing trigger points

Extensive research has defined the characteristics of each specific trigger point, including the area of sensation and impaired activity. This is essential in connecting the trigger point to the client’s complaint. It is a starting point in a treatment plan and a checkpoint in the assessment of how effective the treatment has been. Most of …

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More than surviving.

Annie (her alias) is a Texan grandmother in her late 60s. She started working with me years ago. She has some real problems with degenerative discs in her neck. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve worked on her, literally, from head to toe. Last winter, she came to me with troubling news. They had found …

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Do You Find Trigger Point Illustrations Confusing?

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Sciatica, Degenerative Discs and Trigger Points

Many clients come to me with pain that their doctor has called “sciatica.” Sciatica originally referred to painful inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve emerges from the lower lumbar vertebrae and upper sacral segments (L4-S3) and innervates the majority of the gluteal region, posterior thigh, and the lower leg. “Sciatica” is now commonly used …

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Trigger Point Assessment Connects The Pain To The Problem

When the client sits down and talks about their pain, they are telling me why they’re paying to be there. Nothing connects me to the specific spot, in the specific muscle, like trigger points assessment. The course of action might vary, based on many factors but NMT assessment pinpoints the spot that I need to resolve …

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