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You're probably familiar with Scoliosis, a condition where the spine curves sideways into a C or S-shaped appearance from the back. Individuals with Scoliosis can suffer from shortened stature, physical deformation of their vertebrae, many physical pains and even lung and heart problems in severe cases. It is commonly believed that around 65% of scoliosis is "idiopathic", meaning that we don't have a known cause for it. But could this be yet another case where Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy has some answers for us?
When it comes to pain we'd rather live without. Toothache and TMJ (Jaw Joint) pain certainly rank among the least tolerable. Fortunately, a common culprit is often responsible for these symptoms: A powerful jaw muscle within the rear of the cheek, named the Masseter. Fortunately, trigger points in the Masseter can be treated by a trigger point therapist or by you at home! If anyone you know suffers from these symptoms, have them perform the following quick tests and self-care tips below to identify possible trigger points and myofascial dysfunction in the Masseter.
If there is one muscle group that must be evaluated in every case of hand and arm pain, it is the group of three neck muscles called the Scalenes. The ability of the Scalenes to trap and compress nerves and blood vessels led Dr. Janet Travell (physician to JFK) to give them the nickname, "The Entrappers."
Join us for a free 1 hour Webinar sponsored by Custom Craftworks, a brand of Pivotal Health Solutions.The TMJ Association states that TMJ Disorders are a complex and poorly understood set of conditions characterized by pain in the jaw joint and surrounding tissues and limitation in jaw movements. The trigeminal nerve (located directly behind the TMJ) is the most complex nerve in your body. The trigeminal and facial nerves work together to support the over 300 muscles, and all other structures of the head and face. Abnormal muscle function and a bad jaw position causes breakdown of the joint cartilage, abnormal nerve function, and changes blood flow to the brain. Along with jaw and face pain, this muscle imbalance is responsible for headaches and most migraines.
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By Pressure Positive September 18, 2014 No comments
Greetings from Pressure Positive! In this issue of Muscle News, we'll learn to evaluate and treat a shoulder muscle that has a bad reputation for causing head pain, so much so it has earned the nickname "The Migraine Maker." This issue is a "must read" for anyone who experiences headaches!