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Tinnitus and Ear Pain: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

This is a collection of posts about trigger points that refer into and around the ear. Clients may associate tinnitus with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain but often fail to mention the feelings of fullness, pain, or irritation to the therapist. These posts cover a number of those symptoms. Remember that people usually feel only a …

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Pain in the Torso and Arm: Signs, Self-care, Therapy Notes…

This is a collection of posts about trigger points that refer into the torso and arm. Remember that people often feel a portion of the trigger point referral patter, not all of it. Sometimes, it is not just the dark red areas. You can read more about that in this post. Also, some people don’t …

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

This is a collection of posts about Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a group of related symptoms that indicate a restriction in the nerves and blood vessels that supply the arm. Like other syndromes, like Piriformis Syndrome, it is not a clear diagnosis. It’s a condition that may be resolved by addressing …

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Forward Head Posture: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

Forward-Head Posture (FHP) is a syndrome. That means that it is a collection of symptoms that lead to more specific diagnoses. FHP, defined simply, is when, in your resting posture, your head stays positioned in front of your shoulders. How far in front? Many definitions say that it occurs when the external auditory meatus (ear canal) is …

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Cervicogenic Headache: Pain Patterns, Causes, and Self-Care

Cervicogenic Headaches are headaches that originate from the neck. People often say that they have a headache that really seems to be a neck-ache that goes into the head. Also, people have headaches without real awareness of neck pain, even though the headache can be relieved by treating the trigger points in the neck that …

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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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