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Trigger Points – Pain Down the IT Band Extending Behind the Ankle

The people complain of pain down the side of the thigh. When questioned, they will often say that it extends down the calf. It is important to understand where it goes as other patterns extend in front of the ankle and into the foot. These people are clear that it goes behind the ankle. When …

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Trigger Points – Stiff Hip with Spot of Pain in Calf

People usually complain of a specific spot on the upper, outside of their calf. When questioned, they also have a stiff hip and sometimes have groin pain. Groin pain often prompts a visit to the MD where this usually is referred to as a hernia although not one severe enough to repair. If you have …

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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 a 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 …

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Trigger Points – Pain in the Achilles Tendon

Client’s Description People primarily complain of pain along the Achilles and arch of the foot while walking over uneven terrain such as trails or loose gravel. This usually starts with pain and instability when raising up into the toes of that foot. This can dramatically impact the performance athletes that have a lot of twisting on a …

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Trigger Points – Pain in the heel when walking

People complain of pain on the bottom of the heel of the foot, especially with pressure on the heel and while the foot is being twisted. It is worse when walking on uneven surfaces. They often get some relief from a padded heel cup or supportive shoes that have a stiffer outer sole and reduce …

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Understanding Trigger Points: Painful, Unstable Ankle

Client’s Description People often come in complaining that they have twisted their ankle and wonder if it is sprained. They associate it to stepping off a curb where the ball of the foot hits the curb and the outside edge of the foot twists down. Others come in complaining that the ankle feels weak and painful. …

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Understanding Trigger Points – The Seizing Hamstring

This is a great example of how trigger points can create a confusing referral pattern that leaves you chasing the wrong muscle. These people grab their hamstring and talk about how painful it is. They are often quite careful about not stretching their ham too aggressively. They may spasm easily when the knee is flexed to …

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