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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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Five Great Stretches for the Shoulder

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Five Great Stretches for the Shoulder

The shoulder can be a common site for the development of trigger points, restriction, and a number of other ailments ranging from the irritating to the excruciating.  Simple stretching routines may help prevent the development of active trigger points, accelerate the healing process, and provide pain relief. We generally try to recommend stretches that are easy to perform just about anywhere. Here are some of our favourite stretches for the shoulder. Always start slowly, work within your limits, use common sense, and don't forget to ask your therapist about trigger points!   1. Pectoral stretch Kneel on the floor in front of a...

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Taping for Trigger Points - Which Tape to Use?

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Taping for Trigger Points - Which Tape to Use?

Taping for Trigger Points Kinesiology tape can help to provide an accumulated off-loading effect by lifting the tissue around trigger point sites. When applied correctly, this allows an unloading to the vascular, nerve and the fascia to allow the treatment process to continue. For more information about taping for trigger points, please see the NAT course details below.   NAT - Trigger Point Foundation Course (10 CPE)   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...

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Self Help Tips for Sciatica

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Self Help Tips for Sciatica

Sciatica most often occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed by a herniated disk or bone spur. Here are simple exercises you can do at home to help manage its symptoms. 

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