Dr. Laura Perry is a chiropractor and co-founder of The Institute of Trigger Point Therapy in Houston, Texas, and she’s got a terrific blog called Trigger Point Therapist. On her site, she shares that her personal mission is to contribute to a world that suffers less physical pain — and she believes trigger point therapy and a wider use of its protocols can bring a pain-free world one step closer to reality.
Dr. Perry shares videos, in depth research, and different therapies for using trigger points as the starting place for minimizing pain.
Check out her blog on the Tensor Fasciae Latae muscle, and then peruse her site for more information on trigger point therapy.
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“The Tensor Fascia Latae ( also spelled Tensor Fasciae Latae or Tensor Fascia Lata, but commonly referred to as the TFL ) is a small muscle that lies just in front of the hip joint. It has a very long tendon, called the iliotibial tract or IT Band, that travels all the way down the outside of the thigh to attach just under the knee joint.
The trigger point in this muscle refers pain deep into the hip joint and down the outside of the thigh. An active or latent TFL trigger point can also produce excessive tension in the muscle and iliotibial tract that contributes to a condition known as IT Band Syndrome. It should be noted that a portion of the gluteus maximus muscle fibers also attach to the IT Band and may also be involved with his condition.
Despite its well publicized role in IT Band Syndrome, the TFL trigger point is my “go-to” trigger point in most cases of hip pain and hip joint dysfunction.”