Acromioclavicular Joint Injuries

Grades of Injury to the Acromioclavicular Joint The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is a small joint located at the top of the shoulder where the clavicle (collarbone) meets the acromion process of the scapula (shoulder blade). Injuries to this joint are common, particularly in contact sports or after falling on an outstretched arm. AC joint injuries are classified into six grades, based on the severity of the injury and the extent of damage to the joint and surrounding structures. Grade 1: Sprain of the AC jointIn a Grade 1 injury, the AC joint ligaments are stretched or partially torn, but the Read More

Dry Needling and Acupuncture

Comparison: Dry Needling and Acupuncture Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture Dry needling and acupuncture are both therapeutic modalities that involve the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to alleviate pain, promote healing, and improve overall well-being. While there are similarities between the two practices, they differ in terms of their underlying theories, philosophies, and applications. Dry Needling Theoretical basis: Dry needling is primarily based on Western medical principles, particularly the understanding of the neuromuscular system and trigger points. It focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Trigger points: Dry needling targets myofascial trigger points, which Read More

The Spinal Engine

Serge Gracovetsky’s Spinal Engine Principles Serge Gracovetsky’s Spinal Engine Principles Serge Gracovetsky is a researcher who developed the concept of “The Spinal Engine” in the late 20th century. His work primarily focuses on understanding the role of the spine and its biomechanics in human locomotion. Gracovetsky’s “Spinal Engine” concept suggests that the spine is a critical element in human movement, not just a passive structure for support and protection of the spinal cord. Main Principles of “The Spinal Engine” Coupling between spinal movement and extremities: Gracovetsky proposed that the spine plays a crucial role in coordinating and transferring forces between Read More

Hip Labral Tears

Hip Labral Tear Conservative Treatment Exercises Conservative Treatment for Hip Labral Tears Conservative treatment for a hip labral tear typically focuses on reducing pain, improving hip function, and preventing further injury. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional or physical therapist for a personalized treatment plan, as individual cases may vary. However, some common exercises and techniques used in conservative treatment for hip labral tears include: Range of motion exercises: Gentle stretching and mobility exercises can help improve flexibility and reduce pain in the hip joint. Examples include hip circles, ankle pumps, and knee-to-chest stretches. Strengthening exercises: Strengthening the Read More

Superficial Front Line

Superficial Front Line Myofascial Meridian The Superficial Front Line Myofascial Meridian The Superficial Front Line (SFL) is a myofascial meridian, a concept first introduced by Thomas W. Myers in his book “Anatomy Trains.” Myofascial meridians are continuous chains of muscles and connective tissues (fascia) that run throughout the body. They provide a holistic understanding of the body’s interconnectedness and the role of the fascial system in movement and biomechanics. The idea behind myofascial meridians is that tension or dysfunction in one part of the chain can affect the entire line, leading to compensations, imbalances, and potential injuries. The Superficial Front Read More

Superficial Back Line

Superficial Back Line Myofascial Meridian The Superficial Back Line Myofascial Meridian The superficial back line (SBL) myofascial meridian is a continuous chain of muscles and connective tissue, or fascia, running along the posterior (back) side of the body from the soles of the feet to the top of the skull. This concept was introduced by Thomas W. Myers in his book “Anatomy Trains,” which offers a holistic understanding of human anatomy and movement by examining the interconnectedness of muscles and fascia throughout the body. The SBL is one of several myofascial meridians described by Myers, and its primary function is Read More