Neck Pain

Stiff Neck: Pain Patterns, Causes, and Self-Care

These posts are all related to your painful, stiff neck. Most people refer to limited, painful rotation when they speak of a stiff neck. However, a small majority of people refer to difficulty in lateral movement (leaning from side to side). The majority of rotation (about 70%) happens in the joint between the first and …

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Self Care – Seated Posture

There are a number of posts where I discuss problems created by poor seated posture, so here’s a post about how to sit to avoid creating problems. In this post, I explore 2 different approaches to minimize the pain and discomfort of sitting at a desk. First, actively sitting in a balanced posture and secondly, …

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Headache with Tender Top of Neck While Turning

People complain about a tender spot at the top of the neck when they touch it while turning their heads. I have to admit, I find it interesting that they don’t complain about pain during an activity or in general. They usually complain that it is tender to touch. When I press them what touches …

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Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

With this trigger point, people complain about tension and a focus pain and tension at the base of their head. When I press for more detail, they may tell me about the tension in their neck and under the shoulder. It is easy to feel the tender knot on the backside about halfway down the neck. …

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Self Care – Headache on the Top of Your Head

You can get relief and stop aggravating the headache at the top of your head with these strategies. Avoid sustained postures with your chin jutting forward, especially while twisting it from to one side, as when you are watching birds or leaning forward watching tennis. Common versions of this today is leaning forward and turning …

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More than surviving.

Annie (her alias) is a Texan grandmother in her late 60s. She started working with me years ago. She has some real problems with degenerative discs in her neck. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve worked on her, literally, from head to toe. Last winter, she came to me with troubling news. They had found …

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Stiffness and Pain at the Base of the Neck When Turning

People turn their head and complain of stiffness that focuses on a spot on one side of the base of their neck. When I ask for more details, they often turn their head slowly until they say, “There. It hurts right there.” When I ask them to touch where it hurts, they lay their hand …

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Stiffness up the side of the neck when turning

People complain about pain while turning the head and usually trace up and down the side of their neck while talking about it. They often complain about turning to look when they change lanes or tend to a child in the back seat. Most often, they have trouble turning it to the side that hurts …

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Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

People complain about pain in the upper neck that makes them irritable. As they continue, they often describe that sensation that extends down toward the shoulder as tension instead of pain. At the same time, they describe things that aggravate it but seldom can describe the incident that created the injury. Other trigger points produce pain …

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Upper Neck Pain with Sore Top of Shoulder

People often complain of pain in the upper neck with soreness on the top of the shoulder. Most often, they are focused on the pain in the upper neck than the top of their shoulder. Many patterns create pain and tension at the top of the neck. This referral pattern is not among the most …

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