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Peripheral neuropathies of the upper extremities in sport - A soft tissue perspective

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Peripheral neuropathies of the upper extremities in sport - A soft tissue perspective

Stuart Hinds demonstrates some first stage assessment tools for identifying peripheral nerve entrapments of the upper body   Peripheral Nerve Entrapments Nerve entrapments of the upper extremity are common in sports related to excessive traction around a joint, as in throwing, which in turn leads to compression, inflammation, and adhesions from repetitive stress.The nerve may also become subluxed due to laxity from repetitive stress or trauma to the region. Athletes that commonly develop peripheral neuropathies include: Baseball pitchers (cubital tunnel); Tennis players (radial tunnel – backhand, pronator teres syndrome – forehand); Golf (pronator teres – overgrip); • Rowing (pronator teres/flexor...

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Pseudo Nerve Entrapment Syndromes

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Pseudo Nerve Entrapment Syndromes

In this video, Stuart Hinds talks about the trigger points that often present with similar symptoms to common peripheral neuropathies.   Elbow and Wrist NAT Trigger Point Course   Trigger Point Therapy Master Course Collection   About the author Stuart Hinds is one of Australia’s leading soft tissue therapists, with over 27 years of experience as a practitioner, working with elite sports athletes, supporting Olympic teams, educating and mentoring others as well as running a highly successful clinic in Geelong. Stuart has a strong following of practitioners across Australia and globally who tap into his expertise as a soft-tissue specialist. He...

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Five Awesome Stretches for the Quads

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Trigger points in the quadriceps muscles are commonly the cause of hip, thigh and knee pain The quadriceps is a large group of muscles, the most massive of the leg, located in the anterior (front) of the thigh. They originate from above the hip joint and extend to below the knee. The primary action of the quadriceps is to extend the knee joint, but in conjunction with a number of other muscles in the front of the hip, they are also associated with hip flexion. Rectus femoris is part of the quadriceps femoris, which also includes the vasti group: vastus...

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Five Stretches for the Trunk & Spine

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Five Stretches for the Trunk & Spine

  Stretching is something that most of us should do daily - now could be a good time to start! It's a simple fact that muscles and joints will become stiffer and tighter, simply as part of the ageing process. In most cases, this process is caused by a combination of physical degeneration and inactivity. Although we cannot help getting older, this should not mean that we give up trying to improve our flexibility. In fact, quite the opposite! Age does not have to be a barrier to an active lifestyle, but certain precautions should be taken as we get older. We generally just need to...

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Pectoralis Minor Release

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The pectoralis minor responds well to treatment using the forearm. Dry needling can also be used to great effect, but only if you are very familiar with the anatomy of the area.    Trigger points in pectoralis minor are often associated with elbow pain Along with the pectoralis major, the pectoralis minor forms the anterior wall of the axilla. The pec minor is too often overlooked and is as susceptible to trigger points as it's larger neighbour, pectoralis major.  Trigger Points - Referred Pain Trigger points in the pec minor are a common cause of anterior shoulder pain, but as with the...

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