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Trapezius – Neuromuscular Massage Protocol

This neuromuscular massage protocol treats the trapezius while prone. In this position, the lower trapezius is more accessible than in the supine position. This position also leaves the hood of the upper trapezius accessible for rolling between the fingers and thumb. Neither technique is as easily applied in the more common supine treatment of upper and middle trapezius.

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The trapezius is complex. It is sometimes called the “coat hanger” of the pectoral girdle. You can read more about it in this post on anatomy of the trapezius muscle.

The therapy notes offer so much more about associated protocols, treatment sequencing, etc. Check out these notes that are specific to each.

NOTE: This protocol is for mindful review by an experienced therapist. It is intended for learning with the hands-on training of a professional instructor. One should only do this with the necessary expertise to understand contraindications. Proper techniques are essential for safe and effective treatment.

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