Trigger points

Pain in the Sacrum or Crest of the Hip When Sleeping on Side

These people reach back and put their hands on the center of their hips, just below the belt line and say. “It hurts right here.” They go through explanations of wanting to sleep on that side but wake with aching pain in the middle of their hips. They often explain that they have tried sleeping …

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Therapist Notes – Subclavius

Anatomy Review? Paget-Schroetter syndrome is a specific form of thoracic outlet syndrome where the subclavian artery moves medially until it is restricted with pressure from the subclavius muscle. The arm becomes chronically swollen and bluish. It is more common among athletes that weight lift or play tennis. In one case, I noticed that a woman’s …

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Self Care – Pain Along the Collar Bone and Down the Arm

Change or Avoid these Activities: Once this trigger point has become irritated, activities that press down will elicit the pattern. Those activities include things like kneading dough, push up to get out of a chair, chiropractic adjustments, or digging holes to plant flowers. It is even more aggravated, and usually created by the downward motion …

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Trigger Points – Pain Down the IT Band Extending Behind the Ankle

The people complain of pain down the side of the thigh. When questioned, they will often say that it extends down the calf. It is important to understand where it goes as other patterns extend in front of the ankle and into the foot. These people are clear that it goes behind the ankle. When …

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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 – 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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Trigger Points – Headache Spot Just Above The Temple

Client’s Description People complain of pain in their temple(s) but touch the spot just above the temple. It takes a little investigative work to nail the right trigger point. At times this occurs by itself. Often, this headache pain occurs with other pain patterns. It can be hard to single out without specific questions. It …

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Therapy Notes – Upper Trapezius

Anatomy Review? Start with cranial work around the jugular foramen. This includes mobilizing the atlas and releasing the suboccipital muscles. Continue with treating the cervical lamina groove. The mobilization of those first 5 vertebrae will make the rest of this treatment easier and more effective. Cross-fiber friction of the attachment of trapezius along the nuchal …

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