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Note: This video is available on DVD: Trigger Point Therapy For Lower Leg & Foot Pain DVD
Trigger Point Therapy DVD/Video: Lower Leg & Foot Pain
Description: In this protocol, you will learn how to locate and release trigger points in many of the muscles found in the lower leg region. Typically, this protocol is used more extensively by therapists that specialize in athletic injuries and rehab, but it is an important tool for the general practitioner as well.
Pain Complaints That Can Be Addressed With This Protocol:
- Heel Pain: Heel pain is a common complaint among athletes, runners, and recreational walkers. It is also very common among non-athletes who are simply on their feet all day. Many times podiatrists and other doctors will attribute the pain to heel spurs found on x-ray. However, if they were to x-ray the other foot, they would most likely find a heel spur on that foot that doesn’t produce pain. Thus, it is much more likely that the heel pain is originating from trigger points in the lower leg muscles, but unfortunately, many clients will undergo needless surgeries for “heel spurs” due to undiagnosed trigger point referred pain.
- Calf Pain & Cramping: While trigger points in several muscles can refer pain to the calf region, calf cramps (especially at night) are typically produced by trigger point activity in the Gastrocnemius muscle group.
- Achilles Tendonitis: Inflammation of the Achilles Tendon is quite common in runners and fitness walkers. Trigger points in the Soleus and Tibialis Posterior muscle groups are frequent sources of pain in the Achilles Tendon region, and are easily overloaded by these activities
- Plantar Fasciatis: The hallmark of this pain complaint is severe tenderness in the arch and sole of the foot. Typically this pain is worse in the morning, making it difficult to walk when rising out of the bed. A trigger point in the Gastrocnemius muscle refers pain to the sole of the foot and is frequently involved in cases of plantar fasciatis.
- Shin Splits: The term “shin splints” is a general term that can mean anything from a deep ache in the anterior lower leg to symptoms asscociated with more serious cases of compartment syndrome in the lower leg. Trigger points in the Tibialis and other lower leg muscles play a significant role in experience and development of this complaint.
- Ankle Pain & Weakness: Painful and/or unstable ankles are a frequent complaint of athletes. Trigger points in the Peroneus Longus, Brevis, and Tertius muscles are often soley responsible for enduring cases of this complaint.
- Growing Pains in Children: Another general term that can refer to any number of lower leg pain complaints in children, this disorder responds well to trigger point therapy applied to many of the muscles in the lower leg.
Video Duration: 1 hour, 03 minutes, 36 seconds
Video Format: Quicktime and iTunes (.m4v): This video will appear in the Podcast Directory within iTunes, and can be viewed on a computer, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Apple TV. (See the Purchase Video Downloads page for more information on this format’s compatibility and flexibility features)
- Protocol Overview
- Composite Pain Presentation: A graphical overview of all the trigger points that refer pain to the lower leg and foot regions.
- Protocol Design & Application: A breakdown of all the muscle groups and trigger points addressed in this protocol, with an explanation as to why they are included, the optimal sequence for the protocol execution based on trigger point interactivity, and specific information on the clinical application of the protocol.
- The Muscles & Trigger Points Involved: A detailed description of the 6 muscle groups and 20+ trigger points addressed in this protocol, including: basic anatomical & biomechanical analysis of each muscle group, symptoms associated with each muscle’s trigger points, trigger point referred pain patterns, trigger point activating and perpetuation factors, trigger point interactivity, and differential diagnosis.
- The Complete Protocol, Step-by-Step: Detailed instruction on release procedures for all the trigger points addressed in this protocol, delivered in an easy step-by-step manner.
PDF Guide: This protocol includes a 37 page PDF companion reference to the video.
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