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Self Care – Breathing Exercises to Reduce Shoulder Tension

One of my clients describes this as the best exercise for shoulder and upper back tension. He thinks it should be the first exercise that I give people, regardless of their problem. It really does reduce shoulder and upper back tension in a magical way. I noticed significant differences over the 1st month when I …

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Self Care – Doorway stretches for Chest Muscles

These doorway stretches are classic because they’re quick, effective and can be done almost anywhere. It is easy to stop at most doorways on your way back from the kitchen, office, or bathroom. They stretch the extrinsic chest muscles. Even with minimal effort, a few stretches a day can offer notable relief and postural change. …

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Therapy Notes – Serratus Anterior

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Self-Care – Nagging Pain Inside The Bottom of the Shoulder Blade

Here, you’ll find ways to get relief on your own from nagging pain just inside the bottom of your shoulder blade. Also, you can read about how people describe this pain and activities that aggravate the condition in this post. As much fun as it is to shop online and lean in, Sit up straight! …

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Self Care – Seated Stretches for Stiff, Swollen Hands

This stretch routine is much faster and effective if it is done with the ice-and-stretch method. I’ve done this routine with many clients, first without ice and then with ice-and-stretch. They all remark that it is amazingly easier and more effective with ice. This simple set of stretches has 3 parts: 2 stretches that release …

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Scalenes – Massage Therapy Notes

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Aching and Burning in the mid back

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. These people complain of aching or burning pain over the kidneys. The pain is often associated with chronic coughing or recent illness with nausea and vomiting. Many of them have already had their kidneys checked but have not found any problems. …

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Pain in the upper back, index finger and thumb

People complain about pain just inside of the shoulder blade, and in the thumb, and index finger. It doesn’t always create pain in the hand; sometimes it is tingling like it is “falling asleep” or “going numb.” Sometimes, they have pain or tingling when reaching out with the hands near shoulder level, like when you’re driving …

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Scalene Muscles – Functional Anatomy

Scalenes are 3 (sometimes 4) muscles on either side of the neck. The three bellies are named for their position; scalenus anterior, scalenus medius, scalenus posterior. The anomalous belly is called scalenus minimus.They are lateral cervical muscles that connect the cervical vertebrae to the upper thoracic cage. They are long muscles with fibers of uneven …

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