Tibialis Anterior


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Referred Pain Pattern

Trigger points in the tibialis anterior are often found in 
the proximal part of the muscle next to the tibia. Active 
trigger points will refer pain down the medial side of the 
calf with concentrated areas of pain in the medial ankle 
and the big toe. 

Trigger points in the tibialis anterior may be an aggravating 
factor in shin splints. 
While pressing into the trigger point with your thumb, 
dorsiflex your client’s ankle and invert their foot. Find the 
position where there is no pain in the trigger point. Hold 
for 30 - 90 seconds, or until you feel a release, then bring 
your client back to a neutral position while continuing to 
hold the trigger point, and ask your client how it feels.

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