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Muscle Release Workshop

Triggerpoint Camp
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Virginia Spooner

on 9 December 2014

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Transcript of Muscle Release Workshop

Range of motion and muscle tissue pliability are lost
due to adhesion and scar tissue that limit a muscle ‘s ability to move freely beneath the skin.

Trigger Point Performance Therapy allows for improved muscle elasticity through increased blood flow and oxygen supply to the skeletal muscle.

The results are similar to those from professional massage therapist but can be achieved on a more regular basis within the comfort of your home.
Muscular restriction occurs when muscle fiber lose their elasticity, which can cause pain and discomfort when pressure is applied to a compromised area within the muscle. The areas where this discomfort is felt are often the areas that need the greatest attention.
Trigger points, or adhesion, with in the muscle can cause pain not only at the site of the restricted muscle, but also in other areas of the body.
If not properly addressed, compromised fascia can cause a loss of mobility within a muscle or muscle group.
Inefficiency in movement is often the results of muscle tissue that has lost pliability.
WHAT ARE TRIGGERPOINTS?
Trigger points are described as hyper irritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers.
Trigger points develop in a muscle when its injured or overworked, commonly a cause of most joint pain.
They can cause headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
MYOFASCIAL COMPRESSION TECHNIQUES (MCT)
MCT
is defined by building compression into the targeted muscle. Once compressed, the targeted muscle and limb are taken through a range of motion. The process also opens up neurological pathways allowing greater muscular preconception. Deep nasal breaths work to relax the muscle while oxygenating the blood.
MCT
can also change the muscle by allowing for more fluid movement.
Trigger Point Performance
Muscle Release Workshop
WHAT IS TRIGGER POINT PERFORMANCE THERAPY?
WHY DO I NEED IT?
SIX MAJOR AREAS OF THE BODY THAT ARE KEY PLAYERS
IN THE HUMAN BIOMECANICAL CHAIN.
1.Soleus
2.Quadriceps
3.Psoas
4.Piriformis
5.Pectorals
6.Thoracic Spine

PSOAS & PIRIFORMIS
The psoas (area 3) is affected since it is the muscle that connects in your groin and in the middle of you back. Compression in the lower back region is increased along with additional pelvic tilting, leaving the upper torso positioned slightly in front of the pelvis. The piriformis (area 4) is then forced to work harder because of the body’s lack of structural integrity and the loss of strength within the quad/IT band region.
PSOSAS MANIPULATION
PROCESS
PIRIFORMIS

MCT PROCESS
The pectoral muscles (area 5) are also affected due to the body’s natural reaction to rotate the shoulders forward when the body’s natural reaction to rotate the shoulders forward when the torso is positioned slightly in front of the pelvis. By releasing the scar tissue with in this region, the shoulders are going to rotate back naturally, allowing more oxygen to come into the lungs and letting the arms swing freely.
PECTORALS
PECTORALS
MCT BODY POSITION
THORACIC SPINE
The muscles in the thoracic spine (area 6) region assist in scapular and torso retraction, rotation, and stabilization. When these muscles are tight, the athletes diaphragm is compressed and it’s ability to expand is compromised greatly.
THORACIC SPNE MANIPULATION
BODY POSITION
MCT ACTION
MCT
•It’s not how hard you push; it’s how deep you breath.
•If you don’t breath deeply, the products will not be as effective.
•You must keep the muscle group relaxed while performing the manipulation.
SOLEUS
The way the foot hits the ground is the beginning of a biomechanical chain reaction that affects the rest of the body. Once the foot becomes rigid or loses its natural range of motion, you have to manipulate the soleus (area 1), which will release the tension and reduce the amount of scar tissue and adhesion's that prevent a natural foot strike.
SOLEUS
Manipulation
QUADRICEPS
If the soleus is not addressed, the knee is forced to thrust forward, putting a greater demand on the quad and IT band (area 2). Adhesion's and scar tissue are going to limit the pliability of the muscle, shortening the distance between the pelvis and the knee, creating pelvic tilt.
FALSE FULCRUMS
Loss of muscle tissue tolerance leads to altered biomechanics, forcing the creation False Fulcrums throughout the body. These False Fulcrums limit the body's ability to produce, reduce, and stabilize force while creating the potential for pain and injury. False Fulcrums form above and below the major fulcrums of the body creating excessive stress and dysfunction.
QUADRICEPS
Knee extension, Knee stablization
LATISSIMUS DORSI
The latissimus dorsi known as thelats, can become over loaded due to repetitive movements that force you to continually reach overhead or forward, like those seen in ball throwing, swimming, or racquet sports, making them vulnerable to muscular dysfunction and ultimately resulting in altered biomechanics,
LATS
Manipulation
Calf (Gastocnemius)
planter flexion when knee is extended, can flex knee when foot is dorsiflexed
Anterior Tibialis
This muscle primarily controls ankle dorsiflexion. when other muscles of the lower leg are compromised, this muscle tends to compensate. Once compensation occurs, problems in the feet and ankle will result affecting movement around the ankle and knee joints
external hip rotation, hip extension, hip abduction, stabilizes hip
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