Tag: integrative

Key concepts when managing trigger points

Extensive research has shown the characteristics of each specific trigger point, including the area of sensation and impaired activity. This is essential in connecting the trigger point to the client’s complaint. It is a startingContinue reading

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’veContinue reading

Understanding Trigger Points – Burning and itching along the shoulder blade

Client’s Description People complain of burning along the inside of their shoulder blade. This makes you want to rub up against a doorway or get one of those massage canes to get at it. ItContinue reading

Why are the unfamiliar activities painful?

It’s a great question. I often state its counter part, “Other people do that and don’t have pain. Let’s work so that you can do that without pain, too.” Let’s briefly look at few things aboutContinue reading

Craniosomatic Patterns

In my post on Defining Integrative Techniques, I explored the idea that there are problems in the body that perpetuate other problems. As bodyworkers, we want to give these problems more interesting names like posturalContinue reading

Understanding Organized Pain – Pathological Reflex Arc – The Rogue Hitman

In the world of Organized Pain, the trigger point is a weapon looking for a hitman. Sometimes, it is The Rogue Hitman. This hitman acts outside of The Pain Organization. This happens when the trigger point getsContinue reading

Understanding Organized Pain – Injured Muscle – The Disrespected Hitman

Muscles get testy when they’re disrespected. This is the way that most people think of trigger points as being activated – blunt trauma or strain. When it happens like this, the Disrespected Hitman appears, does his jobContinue reading

Understanding Organized Pain – Menacing Protection

Organized Pain can create different types of enforcement with muscles. It is for your protection. Really. We usually think of our muscles, connective tissues and bones as these things that gives us shape and move us around butContinue reading

Understanding Organized Pain – Proprioceptors – Informant of Gravity

Organized Pain has a system of communication. Proprioceptors are one of the most important informants in the system. Proprioceptors are sensors in our body that collect information about position and movement. They can collect informationContinue reading