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The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
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Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
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Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
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Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
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The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
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Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
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Window of the Sky Points
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We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
May, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 05
Myofascial Pain from the Gluteus Maximus
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Client reports, "I have low back pain," as they rub the palm of their hand over their sacrum and ischial tuberosity. They walk with a limp to avoid standing on the painful side (antalgic gait) and are unable to find a comfortable seated position.Hip flexion is limited. Their sacrum and/or coccyx are tender to touch. While each symptom could have numerous origins, let's look at referred pain from myofascial trigger points (TrPs) in the gluteus maximus muscle.
There are numerous ways to differentiate trigger points in the gluteus maximus muscle from trigger points in the gluteus medius, minimus and deep hip rotator muscles, including the location and depth of the trigger points, the referred pain patterns identified and the specific movements that are restricted.
First, a quick anatomy review, proximally the gluteus maximus muscle attaches to the posterior surface of the ilium, posterior surface of the sacrum and coccyx and the sacrotuberous ligament. Distally, the majority of the fibers merge into the iliotibial tract, which is a thickened region of the fascia lata, which attaches on the lateral condyle of the tibia. The remaining fibers attach on the gluteal tuberosity of the femur. (Photo 1) The gluteus maximus muscle is innervated by the superior gluteal nerve (L5-S2).
The main action of the gluteus maximus is extension of the thigh at the hip. It also assists in lateral rotation of the thigh. When standing in forward flexion, the gluteus maximus works with portions of the erector spinae and hamstrings help us to stand erect. Gluteus maximus can influence posture by posteriorly rotating the innominate bone. When you are checking the client's range of motion, if the gluteus maximus is shortened, it will restrict flexion at the hip, verses the gluteus medius and minimus effecting adduction.
Just one or a combination of factors can cause trigger points to develop in the muscle including direct trauma from a fall, muscular stress from poor posture or improper workplace ergonomics. Repetitive movements that include leaning forward, ie: lifting a baby from a crib or lifting boxes off the floor, walking up an incline, hiking up a hill, jumping or running, are possible factors. Sometimes, the cause is a new exercise that requires hyperextension of the hip and low back when standing or prone (ex. swimming the crawl stroke).
Three regions in the gluteus maximus muscle have been identified for locating myofascial trigger points. Each trigger point region produces unique pain patterns. In photo 2, "X" indicates the common location of trigger points and the red color indicates the pain referral areas. Clients will describe the referred sensations from a trigger point as: pain, burning, tingling, numbness, aching, etc.
The region labeled Trigger Point 1 (TrP1) is immediately lateral to the midpoint of the sacroiliac joint. Referred pain from TrP1 can cover the sacroiliac joint, the gluteal cleft and continue over the ischial tuberosity. A small spillover pattern into the upper portion of the posterior thigh is sometimes reported. (Photo 2)
The second region, labeled (TrP 2), is just superior to the ischial tuberosity. Referred pain is often felt over the sacrum (not the coccyx or rectum), over the ischial tuberosity and buttock. The pain may feel like it originates in the deeper muscles. (Photo 2)
The third region (TrP 3) is located in the most medial and inferior fibers and can be the source for coccygodina (pain in or around the coccyx). (Photo 2)
Manual therapy techniques are one link in the healing chain. Teach client's self-care techniques like stretching. Show them how to stretch, when to inhale and exhale, where to place there hands, how to pull their knees to their chest or toward the opposite shoulder, etc.
Client education often involves explaining the negative effects of sitting all day with a wallet in their back pocket. If the client sleeps on their side, suggest they place a pillow between their knees to avoid over stretching the gluteus maximus at night.
Pain over the sacrum, coccyx and ischial tuberosity can start for many reasons. I hope it will be easier to identify and locate these three myofascial trigger points in the gluteus maximus.
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