Shoulder

Self Care – Sharp Pain in Front of Shoulder, Tight Low Back

Avoid things that overload this section of the latissimus dorsi by pulling it up and forward. Exercise is one of the most common activities to change, especially some sort of pull-down or pull-up that jerks or stains the muscle. a more fragile individual may get this from reach up to get assistance as they fall …

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Self Care – Aching mid-back with tired triceps

Avoid things that yank your elbow from front to back like cranking the lawnmower, raking, or letting that dog jerk the leash. This also gets aggravated by letting the rowing machine jerk forward during the exercise. One client activated by compressing the armpit against a chair back while twisted to talk to the person behind …

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Self Care – Pain in the Front of Shoulder When Lifting Arm

This typically comes in one of two postures: rounded shoulders with short tight pecs and shoulder blades that lay close to the back or high and tight shoulder with overstretched pecs and shoulder blades that wing out. Working on a low desk with a laptop can also lead to the hooked shoulders and a short, …

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Therapy Notes – Pectoralis Major

The pectoralis major is a broad, fan-shaped muscle made of flat overlapping strips that covers the anterior ribs. Pecs are often the victim of cervical problems. They are innervated by the brachial plexus and are intertwined with THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME. They also perpetuate THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME by holding pectoralis minor short, which entraps the brachial …

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Self Care – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Avoid sleeping in awkward positions or, especially under a draft. Chill aggravates this condition more than the awkward position. This muscle is often over-powered by short, strong muscles on the front of the neck. Specifically, the anterior scalene attaches to the front of the 3rd cervical where this trigger point lives. This is one of …

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Therapist Notes – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Mobilize the upper cervical vertebrae. Multifidi trigger points are strongly governed by vertebral mobility. Even though this trigger point is in the multifidi near C3, it is difficult to get a more complete release and lasting relief without first mobilizing the atlas and axis. This post has few different techniques for mobilizing the atlas. This …

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Self Care – Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

Once the trigger point is activated, there are a number of known activities that keep it aggravated. A backpack, ill-fitted bra straps, a tight coat or shoulder bag will press into this area and are known irritants and create additional microtrauma. Using a cane that is badly fit is cited as a problem. I find …

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Self Care – Burning and itching along the shoulder blade

Move. I make sure that I get up and move periodically. Traditional therapy approaches suggest things like setting a timer across the room that you just get up to stop and reset every 20 minutes or so. I use my Fitbit to remind me. It should release with ice and stretch but sometimes, you need …

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