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What´s The (Trigger) Point?

Background Trigger points, are hyper-irritable knots located in soft tissues (e.g. muscles and fascia). They are characterized by  palpable nodules in bands of muscle fibers with characteristic referred pain patterns to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself. Many manual therapists (e.g. chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists) focus on identifying trigger points as a source of musculoskeletal pain, …

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Is your low back pain caused by synergistic dominance?

  Synergistic Dominance is the neuromuscular phenomenon that occurs when synergistic muscles take over the function of a weak or inhibited prime mover (The muscle considered primarily responsible for generating a specific movement). Prime movers are designed to move a joint in a particular direction. These muscles require synergistic muscles to help control the movement. A synergist muscle is a …

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If you are not assessing, you’re guessing.

Several weeks ago I attended a course on treating fascia. One of the biggest take-away points was that there are a lot of effective techniques that can be used to address pain and injuries, but the KEY to an effective treatment is an accurate assessment.   Why do we assess? Establish a baseline/starting point Create realistic expectations Discover specific GOALS …

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That Time of the Month Doesn’t Have to be a Pain

    Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) may occur immediately before or during a woman’s menstrual period. There are two types of dysmenorrhea: primary dysmenorrhea and secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea (common menstrual cramps) usually begins one to two years after a woman starts getting her period.  The pain typically starts shortly before or at the onset of menstruation and continues for one …

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Evidence-Based Alternatives For High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood through your body. Blood pressure readings are given as two numbers. The top number is called the systolic blood pressure. The bottom number is called the diastolic blood pressure. One or both of these numbers can be too high. Normal blood …

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Evidence-Based Alternatives For Migraine Headaches

    A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours to days. Many people seek comfort in a dark, quiet place and attempt to sleep off the pain. Some migraines are preceded or accompanied …

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Evidence-Based Acupuncture: East Meets West

Currently, more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain of varying degrees. http://www.prweb.com/pdfdownload/8052240.pdf There is mounting evidence of increased incidence of pain and injuries affecting the major joints in the body: Foot and Ankle Knee Low back and hip Shoulder Head and Neck Elbow Wrist   Foot/Ankle Injuries Plantar Fasciitis-  Accounts for more than 1 million doctor visits …

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Are You Suffering From Allergies?

  An estimated 25 million Americans suffer from spring allergies associated with trees, grass, and weed pollen. Airborne pollen is the most common cause of seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/allergy-statistics.aspx An allergy is a damaging immune response by the body in reaction to a substance, such as pollen, dander, mold, a particular food, chemicals …

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I Can See Pain in Your Future

Not the best forecast, but its true. By observing one’s posture and movement, a healthcare practitioner should be able to identify the source of pain or the risk of developing pain later on. I’m not talking about obvious pain, such as a traumatic injury like a strain/sprain, but the nagging, chronic pain or recurrent injuries that nobody seems to be …

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Taking a Functional Approach to YOUR Pain

    In general, there are two broad classifications of pain: Acute Chronic Acute pain is more often than not due to an injury that causes inflammation. The inflammatory process is how your body heals. Chronic pain can be due to ongoing inflammation where an injury site is repeatedly irritated, some sort of disease process, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psychological …

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