Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Rectus Abdominis Muscle Detail : 8 Pack Muscle

Rectus Abdominis muscle :

Rectus Abdominis Muscle
 The rectus abdominis muscle, also known as the  "abs", this is a paired muscle running vertically on each side of the anterior wall of the human abdomen. There are two parallel muscles, separated by a midline band of connective tissue called the linea alba. It extends from the pubic symphysis, pubic crest and pubic tubercle inferiorly, to the xiphoid process and costal cartilages of ribs V to VII superiorly. The proximal attachments are the pubic crest and the pubic symphysis. It attaches distally at the costal cartilages of ribs 5-7 and the xiphoid process of the sternum.

The rectus abdominis muscle is contained in the rectus sheath, which consists of the aponeuroses of the lateral abdominal muscles. Bands of connective tissue called the tendinous intersections traverse the rectus abdominus, which separates this parallel muscle into distinct muscle bellies. The outer, most lateral line, defining the "abs" is the linea semilunaris. In the abdomens of people with low body fat, these bellies can be viewed externally and are commonly referred to as "four", "six", "eight", or even "ten packs", depending on how many are visible; although six is the most common.

Origin/Insertion :

The rectus abdominis is a long flat muscle, which extends along the whole length of the front of the abdomen, and is separated from its fellow of the opposite side by the linea alba.

The upper portion, attached principally to the cartilage of the fifth rib, usually has some fibers of insertion into the anterior extremity of the rib itself.

It's typically around 10 mm thick or 20 mm thick in young athletes such as handball players

Nerve Supply :

The muscles are innervated by thoraco-abdominal nerves, these are continuations of the T7-T11 intercostal nerves and pierce the anterior layer of the rectus sheath. Sensory supply is from the 7-12 thoracic nerves.

8 Pack Of Rectus Abdominis Muscle

Action :

The rectus abdominis is an important postural muscle. It is responsible for flexing the lumbar spine, as when doing a so-called  sit up Exercise. The rib cage is brought up to where the pelvis is when the pelvis is fixed, or the pelvis can be brought towards the rib cage (posterior pelvic tilt) when the rib cage is fixed, such as in a leg-hip raise. The two can also be brought together simultaneously when neither is fixed in space.

Sit Up Exercise is Most Common Form Of Exercise Where Rectus Abdominal Musct is Chief Muscle Used In This Action.

Six Pack Abs Workout Video :

Eight Pack Or Six Pack Exercise is most Common And Famous Among People.

Exercise Of Rectus Abdominals :

Sit Up Exercise :

Sit Up Exercise

In Supine Position Flexes Both Legas , Hands Behind Head And Flexes The Spine And Heads Towards Knee And Repetation Of Same .

Sit Up Exercise 

Bilateral Leg Elevation In Supine Postion Uses Lower Abdominals Muscle.

Rectus Abdominis is strong Back Flexor Muscle.

Knee To Chest Exercise

To Reduce Lordosis Strenthening Of Rectus Abdominis Muscle is Required.
strengthening of Rectus Abdominis And Other Back Flexor Muscle is Back Pain is Most Common And Is Called Williams Abdominal Exercise.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Know Your Muscle : Hamstring Muscle Detail

 Hamstring (Lower Limb Muscle ) :
Hamstring Muscle Detail

In human anatomy, a hamstring is a Group Of three muscle in posterior side of thigh  (from medial to lateral: semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris).
Main Action Of Hamstring is Flexion Of Knee Joint. Working With Quadriceps And Mainly Doing Co-Contraction During Running And Our Day-to-day Activities And Tightness is the most common in this Muscle require Stretching Exercise At Regular Interval.

Common Features Of Hamstring Muscle : 

They All Originates Arounds Tibial Tuberocity.
Insertion Below Knee Joint Over Tibia or Fibula.
Innervated By Tibial Nerve Branch Of Sciatic Nerve.
Must Flex The Knee And Extends The Hip Joint

All This Functionality is Compulsory to include in Hamstring Group.

Origin And Insertion  :

Semimembranosus : Origin From Ischial Tuberocity And Insertion over Medial Tibial Condyle.

Semitendinosus : Origin Also From Ischial Tuberocity And Insertion Over Medial Surface Of Tibia.

Biceps Femoris (Long Head ) : Origin Also From Ischial Tuberocity And Insertion Over Lateral Side Of The Head Of The Fibula.

Biceps Femoris (Short Head) : Origin From linea aspera & lateral supracondylar line of femur And Insertion Over Lateral Side Of The Head Of The Fibula With Long Head Common Tendon.

Nerve Supply : 

Semimembranosus,Semitendinosus And Biceps Femoris Long Head Nerve Supply is Tibial Nerve Part Of Sciatic Nerve.

Biceps Femoris Short Head Nerve Supply is Common Peroneal Nerve Part Of Sciatic Nerve.

Action Of Hamstring Muscle : 

Strenthening Exercise Of Hamstring Muscle

Hamstring Muscle Crosses Two Joint So Working Chiefly Over The Knee Joint And Do Strong Action is Knee Flexion And Part time Also Helping in Hip Extension With Gluteus Maximus.

Semimembranosus,Semitendinosus Extends Hip Joint And Flex The Knee Joint And Also Rotate Knee Joint When Knee is Flexed.

Long Head Of Biceps Femoris is Extends The Hip Joint And Both Long And Short Head Flex The Knee Joint And Laterally Rotate The Hip When Knee Flexion Position.

Hamstring is One Of The Strongest Antagonist Muscle As Compared To Other Antagonist Muscle Require All Day To Day Activity Like Running, Jumping, Walking , Squating And Working With Quadriceps and Doing Co-contraction.
Co-Contraction Of Hamstring And Quadriceps Muscle 

Clinical Significance :

Hamstring Muscle Is One Of The Commonest Muscle That Tightness Is Present Too Often And Require Regular Stretching Exercise To Avoid to Tear Or Damage to Related Muscle And Ligament.Sciatica is Also Associated With Tightness Of Hamstring is seen Too Often.
Semitendinosus is Also Used In Surgery Of ACL Ligament Reconstruction Surgery.

Exercise Of Hamstring Muscle :

Strenthening Of Hamstring  In Standing Position

Strengthening Exercise : Strentherning Exercise In Prone Position With Sandbag in Early Stage And Later Stages Standing Position Body Towards Wall And Flexed With Sand Bag is Most Common Exercise.

Home Based Stretching Exercise Of Hamstring Muscle 

Stretching Exercise :  Long Sitting Position And Toe Touch is One Of The Most Common Hamstring Stretching Exercise And This Position in Yoga Called " Paschimotanasan- Yoga Position ".

Hamstring Muscle Stretching In Supine Position

Related Article : 

Calf Muscle Detail

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Calf Muscle Detail And Exercise :

 Calf Muscle   : ( 2nd Heart ) Muscle Of Lower Limb.

Calf Muscle is Located On Back Side Of The Leg And Is Made Of 2 Large Muscle To Join Make Tendo Achiilis.

Muscle Detail Of  Back Side Of Leg

(1) Gastrocnemius Muscle :  is the larger Calf Muscle Forming The Bulge Of Muscle Mass And Visible Beneath the skin.

Gastrocnemius has 2 Heads Which Looks Like Diamond Shape.

Anatomy Of Calf Muscle

(2) The Soleus Muscle:  Small Muscle , Flatt And Underneath The Gastrocnemius Muscle.

A majority of soleus muscle fibers originate from each side of the anterior aponeurosis, attached to the tibia and fibula.

Insertion : 

        Both Muscle Insertion Merge Via Tendo Achiilis And The Achilles tendon inserts into the heel bone (calcaneus).

Nerve Supply : 

(Calf Area- Lumbar 4-5 and Sacral 1-5 is of the sacral plexus) 

The sciatic nerve branches off of the sacral plexus in which the tibial and common fibular(Peroneal) nerves are wrapped in one sheath. The tibial nerve eventually separates from the sciatic nerve and innervates the gastrocnemius muscle.

Action Of Calf Muscle :

Calf Muscle Stretching

 Calf Muscle is Strong Lower Limb Muscle Which Planter Flex From Ankle Joint. 

This Muscle is Anti Gravity Muscle And Normally All Anti Gravity Muscle Require High Power That's Why All Anti Gravity Muscle Are Bulky And Strong. 

Running, Jumping, Dancing , Cycling All This Activity Use Calf Muscle. 

Jumping is The Highest Uses Calf Muscle.

This Muscle is Also Called 2nd Hearst And Low Use Of This Muscle May Lead Vericose Vein And Oedema Around Ankle.

Sports Person Usually High Use Of This Muscle May Lead Cramps.

Classical Dancers And Gymanatics Also Use Calf Muscle More And Require Special Attention To Develop , strenthen Calf Muscle.

Exercise Of Calf Muscle:

Calf Muscle Strengthening Exercise With Use Of Body Weight

Active Movement in Supine Position is  Simple Planter Flex From Ankle.

Resisted Exercise : Self Resisted Exercise is to High Hill Action In Standing Position.

Calf Muscle Exercise With Full Body Weight Single Leg-Tuff One

Gradually Increase Repetation And Jumping, Running, Cycling Are Other Exercise That Are Useful To Strengthen And Most Common Form Of Exercise.

Calf Muscle Strenthening Exercise With Weight 

Stretching Exercise : 

Use Of Belt Like And Wrap Around Ankle in Long Sitting With Stretch Towards Ankle is Home Made Calf Exercise.

Home Made Low Intensity Calf Stretching For Elderly

Standing Position :  Both Leg In Same Line Position With Around Minimum Foot Distance With Forward Leg Flexed From Knee And Back Leg Straight , You Will Feel Stretching in Back Calf Muscle And Then Change Leg Again Do Some Practice.

Calf Stretching In Standing Position

Medical Use Of Calf Muscle:

Use Of Calf Muscle in Medical Field is Too Important. Generally Blood Flow Upside Down is Easy But From Ankle To Up Towards Heart , It's Need Calf Muscle Active Exercise, In Paralysis And Other Bed Ridden Patient Ankle Swelling Are Most Common And That Cases Physiotherapist Start Active Exercise Of Calf Muscle With Elevation Of Ankle Joint.That's Why This Muscle Also Called 2nd Heart.

Related Article :

All About Quadriceps Muscle

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Frozen Shoulder And Physiotherapy Treatment :

What is frozen shoulder? : 

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is stiffness, pain, and restricted R.O.M (range of movement) in your shoulder . It may happen after an injury or overuse or from a disease such as diabetes or a stroke,Post Operative surgeory Near to shoulder joint. The tissues around the joint stiffen, scar tissue forms, and shoulder movements become restricted & painful. The condition usually comes on gradually, then recover slowly over the course of a year or more.

 Causes Of frozen shoulder :

Frozen shoulder can develop when you stop using the joint normally because of pain, injury, or a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or a stroke. Any shoulder problem can lead to frozen shoulder if you do not work to keep full range of motion.

Frozen shoulder main cause:

post operative surgery near to sholder.
After surgery or injury.
Most often in people 40 to 70 years old.
More often in women (especially in postmenopausal women) than in men.cover
Most often in people with chronic diseases.
chest pain and diabetes are often associated with.

Frozen shoulder diagnoses : 

Your doctor specially phsiotherapist may suspect frozen shoulder if a physical exam reveals restricted shoulder movement. An X-ray may be done to see whether symptoms are from another condition such as arthritis or a broken bone.

Shoulder Joint movement( R.O.M) :

Flextion : 0-180 degree
Extension : 0-60 degree
Abduction:  0-180 degree
Adduction : 0-45 degree
Int.Rotation : 0-90 degree
Ext. Rotation : 0-90 degree

Treatment Of Frozen Shoulder :

Treatment for frozen shoulder usually starts with Analgesic Drugs,Hot Pack, followed by gentle stretching.  And physical therapy can help increase your range of motion. A frozen shoulder can take a 2 month to  year or more to get better.

Exercise Of Frozen Shoulder

Back Stretch with towel

shoulder ladder exercise

assisted back stretch with opposite hand

shoulder wheel and ladder exercise

If treatment is not helping, surgery is sometimes done to loosen some of the tight tissues around the shoulder. Two surgeries are often done. In one surgery, called under anesthesia Release, you are put to anaesthesize shoulder and then your arm is moved into positions that stretch the tight tissue. The other surgery uses an arthroscope to cut through tight tissues and scar tissue. These surgeries can both be done at the same time.

prevention and care :

Gentle, progressive range-of-motion exercises, stretching, and using your shoulder in day to day activity more may help prevent frozen shoulder after surgery or an injury. Experts don't know what causes some cases of frozen shoulder, and it may not be possible to prevent these. But be patient and follow your doctor's advice. Frozen shoulder nearly always gets better over time.

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Monday, 14 December 2015

Radial Nerve Palsy And Physiotherapy Treatment :

Radial Nerve Palsy  :

Introduction :
  • Radial nerve is most commonly injured peripheral nerve accounting for 70% of all the peripheral nerve injuries of Upper Extrimity.
  • Wrist drop, also known as radial nerve palsy,
  • it is a condition where a person cannot extend their wrist and it hangs flaccidly.
  •  your hand hang limply so that your fingers point downward.

Cause :


radial nerve injury has a variety of possible causes:-

  •     fracturing the humerus (a bone in the upper arm)
  •     using crutches
  •     falling on or receiving a blow to the arm
  •     Saturday night syndrome
  •     compression of the lower part of the brachial plexus

  •     Awkward body positions: it can also put pressure on the nerve. For example, you sleep on your arm or leave it draped over the board.
  •     Growths: Tumors or cysts (lumps) inside your wrist or arm may press against the nerve.

Symptoms :
Injury to the radial nerve usually causes symptoms in the back of the hand, near the thumb, and in the index and middle fingers. Symptoms may include:

  •     sharp or burning pain
  •     numbness or tingling
  •     trouble moving the wrist and fingers
  •     analgesic or anti-inflammatory medications
  •     anti-seizure medications or tricyclic antidepressants
  •     steroid injection.
  •     Pinch and grasp problems: You may not be able to bring your thumb and fingers together (pinch) to grasp objects.

Diagnosis :

  •     X-rays: You may need x-rays to check for broken bones or foreign objects in your arm.

  •     MRI. An MRI may be used to look at the soft tissues and blood vessels in your arm, and to check for cysts
        or masses.
  •     Electromyography and nerve conduction studies: these are tests that measure the electrical activity of your
              muscles. Your muscles are tested at rest and while you are using them. An EMG test may also check the nerves that control your muscles. 

Treatment :

the symptoms of wrist drop will most likely resolve spontaneously within 8–12 weeks.

  •    Medical managment:- pain relief druds
  •    Surgical Managment:- to repair radial nerve, Tendon transfer
  •    Physiotherapy managment:-

    Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation foe pain relief

    Splint or cast: You may need a splint or cast to help support your wrist and hand while the radial nerve heals. A splint or cast helps extend your fingers and wrist so you can use them as much as possible.

    Physical therapy helps you with special exercises. These exercises help make your bones and muscles strong and flexible.

  •             Ball Squeeze
  •             Finger Stretch With Resistance
  •             forearm Rotations
  •             Wrist Stretch
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Monday, 31 August 2015

Hemiplegia : Physiotherapy Treatment

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  • paralysis of one side of the body; usually caused by a brain lesion, such as a tumor, or by stroke.
  •  The paralysis occurs on the side opposite the brain disorder; this is explained by the fact that motor axons from the cerebral cortex enter the medulla oblongata and form two well-defined bands known as the pyramidal tracts.  
  • The majority of the fibers in these tracts cross to the opposite side; therefore damage to the right cerebral hemisphere affects motor control of the left half of the body.
    1. alternate hemiplegiaparalysis of one side of the face and the opposite side of the body.
    2. cerebral hemiplegiathat due to a brain lesion.
    3. facial hemiplegia:  paralysis of one side of the face.
    4. spastic hemiplegia:  hemiplegia with tone of the affected muscles increased and increased tendon reflexes.
    5. spinal hemiplegiathat due to an injury to the spinal cord.
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Many conditions give rise to hemiplegia. Generally, an injury to the right side of the brain will cause a left-sided hemiplegia while an injury to the left side of the brain will cause a right-sided hemiplegia.

  • Stroke: is the commonest cause of hemiplegia. Insufficient blood supply to the brain leads to loss of brain functions. The stroke may be caused by:
    • A clot formed within the blood vessel blocking the blood supply': a thrombus
    • A thrombus breaks away from its site of origin and forms a block elsewhere in the circulation. : an emboli
    • A bleed from a blood vessel supplying the brain : a hemorrhage
  • Head injury
  • Diabetes
  • Brain tumor
  • Infections : meningitis, encephalitis
  • Migraine syndrome : recurrent headaches of severe intensity occasionally accompanied by sensations of numbness and tingling in one half of the body.
  • Inflammation of the blood vessels : vasculitis
  • Diseases affecting the nerves : like Multiple Sclerosis; acute necrotizing myelitis.
  • Conditions presenting from birth : cerebral palsy. Lack of blood supply damages nerve cells in the brain. Birth trauma, difficult labor, perinatal strokes in infants within 3 days of birth can all cause cerebral palsy.
  • Hereditary diseases : leukodystrophies. This is a rare disorder affecting the myelin sheath which covers and protects nerve cells in the brain. The condition usually appears in infancy or childhood. 
  • Difficulty in walking.
  • Problems in balance, losses balance when trying to walk
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Trouble with vision. Blurred vision or weakness of the eyes.
  • Speech becomes difficult.
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensations on one half of the body.
  • Loss of control over bladder and bowel movements leading to an inability to hold on to stool or urine.
  • Unable to perform tasks like holding objects, tying laces, dressing oneself, buttoning etc.
  • Feeling depressed
  • Heightened emotional sensitivity with inability to handle stressful situations.
  • Memory seems poor. Unable to recall recent or past events concerning people, places and activities.
There are various physiotherapy approaches to the rehabilitation of patient with hemiplegia.
Bobath approach: its based on normal movement or neuro development approach.The main aim is to prevent abnormal movement and adverse plastic adaptations and to facilitate normal movement.

Brunstorn approach: he makes use of abnormal synergies and incorporate them into functional activities.
Motor relearning program: this was described by carr-shephered in the year 1987.this training of motor control is based on an understanding of kinematics and kinetics of normal movement, motor control process and motor learning.
Roods approach: this was mainly done to achieve purposeful muscular contraction by stimulating the skin through facilitating strokes on the skin.









  • Positioning:

    Positioning of the patient in proper way is essential to control the development of spasticity and to help in faster imrovement in the later stages. 

  • Mobilisation and stretching exercises:

    During flaccid stage mobilization in the form of gentle passive exercises and stretching exercise of various muscles should be given as they are very prone to develop tightness.

    muscles like tendo achilles, hamstring, quadriceps, adductors, tensor fascia lata,biceps, wrist flexors etc. should be stretched.

    passive exercises should be given of all the movements at all the joints for at least 10 repetations three to four times in a day.

    some form of splints may be given to maintain the body parts in the desired position.

    commonly dorsiflexion splint or L splint may be given to prevent the foot from going into planter flexion attitude.similarly wrist extension splint is given to maintain the wrist and fingers in the extension position.


  • Weight bearing activities:

    weight bearing exercises are necessory to promote development of tone in the muscles and also to maintain the absorption of calcium into the bones.

 Thus patient should be given activities like bridging, supine on elbows, sitting with weight bearing on affected arm, and standing .

Treatment for spasticity:

normalisation of the tone can be achieved by reducing the tone of the muscles and strengthening the weak antagonist muscles. tone of muscles can be reduced by following treatments:

  • gentle rhythmic passive movements.

  • sustained gradual stretching either manualy or by using splints.

  • Prolong icing  over the spastic muscle bulk for about 15 to 20 minutes.

  • reflex inhibiting postures.