Back Pain

Self Care – Pain Along One Side of the Low Back

Avoid spending long periods with your hips flexed. This sleeping position, with the pillow between the legs, is great for relieving hip and low back pain that comes from the gluteal muscles but makes this pain along the low back worse. Driving, working at your desk, and other seated positions should be avoided for extended …

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Pain Along One Side of the Low Back

People with this pain run their hand up and down along one side of their low back and say that it hurts there. They often say that it hurts when they get up from sleep, after a drive or some other activity where the hip is flexed for extended periods. When this trigger point becomes more …

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Self Care – Back is out but it hurts in the front

Groin and abdominal pain can be an indicator of serious internal organ problems. See your doctor and be gentle with anything you do for self-care. Warm up and limit your range of motion in kicking. The back-end of the swing over-stretches this muscle and the forward reach tend to drive this into spasm. Avoid rhythmic …

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Therapist Notes – Iliopsoas Complex (Deep Abdominals)

How therapists approach the iliopsoas complex is highly opinionated. Its impact on posture, digestion, emotions and much more is fodder for lengthy bodywork discussions. Even after 30 years, I’ve learned more by putting together these illustrations and posts. I find that craniostructural work is always the first step for lasting relief, followed by balancing the …

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Therapist Notes – Pain Along One Side of the Sacrum

Release of the lumbosacral joint relieves this trigger point. Specifically, the sacrum is posterior on the side of pain. Gentle sustained anterior pressure with slight inferior traction will cause the sacrum to shift and the swelling and tenderness to release immediately. I’ve demonstrated this many times in classes to the surprise of students who struggle …

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Self Care – Pain Along One Side of the Sacrum

Avoid the teetering exercises listed in the post on this trigger point. This includes things like vacuuming, sweeping, raking, working on a low counter, or doing dishes. Also, avoid exercises where you bend forward like moving boxes or picking up grandkids. By the way, even if you don’t bend way over like this guy, the …

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Pain Between Shoulder Blades: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

This is a collection of posts about trigger points that refer pain between the shoulder blades. This is a subset of some other regions but it is so common that we have created its own category. Remember that people usually feel only a portion of the pattern. Also, people usually feel the portion in darkest …

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Therapy Notes – Sharp Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

There are interspinous muscles, that connect vertebrae to other vertebrae. There are two other significant groups of interspinous muscles in this area; semspinalis muscles and levator costae. Rotatores and semispinalis thoracis also attach the transverse process of one vertebra and to the spinous processes of other vertebrae in this area. They are rich in proprioceptors, indicating …

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Self Care – Sharp Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

Once you have this, it tends to be difficult to avoid the tender pain as most of the things that bother it are sudden or involuntary. That being said, this is aggravated by sudden movements like sneezing, losing your balance, or looking over your shoulder to change lanes. It is also aggravated by odd sleeping …

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