neck

trigger points that refer into the neck

Trigger Points – Headache with Tender Top of Neck While Turning

People complain about this spot in their neck being tender when they touch it while turning their head. I have to admit, I find it interesting that they don’t really complain about pain there but that it is tender to touch. They usually don’t complain about the headache at first but, almost always, they tell …

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Self Care – Neck Pain with Sore Shoulder

Pay attention to when this aggravates you the most. If it is when seated for long periods there are several things you can do. Move. I make sure that I get up and move periodically. Traditional therapy approaches suggest things like setting a timer across the room that you just get up to stop and …

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Therapist Notes – Infraspinatus

Anatomy Review? The infraspinatus muscle is a common problem in the shoulder and the most likely to generate pain when the client sleeps on their side. Its position in the shoulder is critical for stabilizing the head of the humerus from shifting forward. There are several other muscles that produce similar symptoms. Here are other …

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Quick and easy hangover relief

Client’s Description Crapulence – Sickness caused by excessive drinking. 2. Excessive indulgence; intemperance. [From late Latin crāpulentus, very drunk, from Latin crāpula, intoxication, from Greek kraipalē.] crap′u·lent adj. People complain of headache, nausea, and misery that follow a night of excessive drinking. Unlike my other posts, people don’t come into my office complaining of this. This is usually …

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Trigger Points – Earache and Sore Throat

Client’s Description First of all, most people skip their bodywork session when they feel this way as they believe that they are getting sick. When they do come in with this, people complain of earache that extends into the mouth, jaw and throat. The entire side of the mouth can feel achy and congested like there is …

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Stretching for scalenes

Here are some specific stretches that have been recommended by many sources over the years. They were published in the self-care section on scalenes in the research of Janet Travell, the physician to two presidents. Clinical experience has proven them to be effective for helping the problematic effects of tight scalene muscles. In this post, they …

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Trigger Points – Shoulder pain when sleeping on your side

People complain of pain that disturbs their sleep when lying on the painful shoulder or on the opposite shoulder. It is a deeper pain than the illustration suggests. They have spent most of their time sleeping on that shoulder with that hand in front of them. It usually comes on gradually over months and eventually gets …

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Trigger Points – Pain, burning and tingling in the back of the head

Client’s Description When the trigger point is mild, people complain of a headache and run their hand up and down the back of their head on one side. They often complain of a bigger area of pain and are surprised at how small the area is that they are actually touching.  Sleeping with pressure on …

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