Tag: deep transverse frictions

Case Study: The Sacrotuberous and Sacrospinous Ligaments As Sources Of Sciatic Pain

“It is well recognized that radiculopathy, usually due to pressure on the dural sleeve of one of the lumbar nerve roots, can be responsible for this pain (Sciatica). On the other hand, ‘sciatica’ is more often due to referred pain from the sacrotuberous ligament” Dorman (1999)   Sacro-illiac ligament referral patterns (Hackett 1958) I re-read this statement after flicking through my notes on “Movement stability and low back pain” by Vleeming et al (Dorman 1999) trying to find solutions to a client’s long standing radicular pain that was not resolving. His primary symptom was radicular pain...

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Synopsis of; Chamberlaine, G., 1982. Cyriax’s friction massage: A review. Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy, 82, 16-22.

Clinically outstanding results are often seen with the use of frictions. Frequently within just over ten minutes movements become pain free and range of motion improves. They are a key treatment in orthopaedic medicine. Where the core treatment is often cortisone injection or frictions to the injured site.  When administering deep transverse frictions (DTFs) clients often ask, “what does this actually do?”. This is an excellent question. Chamberlaine ‘s article written back in 1982 provides some answers. She states the rationale for DTFs in chronic injury is primarily to move the tissue and...

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