Massage And Other Manual Therapy




Infraspinatus Muscle: Location, Action, and Trigger Points

The infraspinatus muscle is a thick, triangular muscle which occupies most of the concave, dorsal surface of the scapula, a part of the scapula called the infraspinatus fossa. In other words, this muscle covers almost the entire scapula (shoulder blade) below the scapular spine. The muscle gets its name from its...

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Ischemic Compression

Ischemic compression is a generic1 manual release technique in trigger point therapy. The technique begins by palpating the tissue to locate the taut band (trigger point), while the patient is asked to report if any referred pain is felt. When a trigger point if found, steady and deep manual pressure is applied...

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Brachialis Muscle: Locations, Actions, and Trigger Points

For a quick and useful overview of the brachialis muscle see the GUS brachialis muscle overview on YouTube. The brachialis muscle is located on the front part of the upper arm, nearest the elbow. Along with the biceps brachii and the brachioradialis, it is one of the primary flexors of the elbow. It gets its name from...

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Biceps Brachii: Location, Actions, and Trigger Points

The biceps brachii is a two-headed muscle located on the front of the arm, and makes up the largest part of its bulk. The name biceps is derived from the Greek word bi, meaning two and the Latin caput, meaning head. The name brachii is a form of the Latin and Greek words brachialis and brachion, which describe...

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Teres Major Muscle: Location, Actions, and Trigger Points

The teres major muscle is a small, round muscle lying along the lateral border of the scapula. It forms the inferior border of both the triangular space and quadrangular space. The muscle gets its name from its shape and size. Teres means round in Latin, and the term major refers to it being the larger of two...

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Scalene Muscles: Location, Actions, Trigger Points, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

The scalene muscles are three paired muscles of the neck, located in the front on either side of the throat, just lateral to the sternocleidomastoid. There is an anterior scalene (scalenus anterior), a medial scalene (scalenus medius), and a posterior scalene (scalenus posterior). They derive their name from the Greek...

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Rhomboid Major and Minor Muscles: Location, Actions, and Trigger Points

By Ground Up Strength The proper names for the muscles we call the rhomboids are Rhomboideus Major and Minor or the Rhomboidei. Although two different muscles, they are very difficult to distinguish from one another and perform the same actions together. They run obliquely downward from the spine to the inner edge of...

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Extensor Digitorum Muscle: Location, Actions, and Trigger Points

By Ground Up Strength The extensor digitorum1 muscle gets its name from the Greek and Latin ex which means out of , and the Latin tendere, which means to stretch . So an extensor is a muscle that stretches out or straightens out a joint. The word digitorum is from Latin, indicating the digits or fingers. Communis is...

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