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Pain Behind the Ear with Tension Down the Neck

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. Pain Behind Ear Mostly, people complain of pain behind the ear. Often, they complain about “ear pain.” Then, when asked to touch the pain, they get more specific. Sometimes, they refer to as an earache. I ask if any sensations …

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Longissimus – Massage Therapy Notes

Overview Here, you will find massage therapy notes for the longissimus of the erector spinae muscle group. It is complex in its structure, function, and pain patterns. It is effectively approached when treated in the context of the more extensive system of intrinsic back muscles. Assessment Pain Along the Crest of the Hip with Stiff …

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Self-Care – Mid Back Pain that May Stiffen the Low Back

Here, you will find relief through self-care for mid-back pain that extends upward, forward and stiffens the lower back. If you’d like to read more about how it feels or what aggravates this condition, read this other post. Cycling can easily aggravate the trigger point that creates this mid-back pain. This is especially true when …

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Illiocostalis – Massage Therapy Notes

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Erector Spinae – Iliocostalis – Functional Anatomy

Integrative Works is hosting some content on Patreon so that we can devote more time and energy to creating the resources that you need. Basically, the majority of our content is still available to the public. Content that is oriented toward bodywork professionals is available with a nominal subscription to Patreon. Log in to Patreon …

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Mid-back Pain that May Stiffen the Low Back

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. People complain of stiffness, tightness, and pain in their mid-back. They almost always make this awkward move where they reach back to touch the lower ribs on that side. Often, they complain about how it stiffens their lower back. They may …

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Radiating Pain Under the Base of the Shoulder-Blade

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. People complain of radiating pain under the bottom of the shoulder blade is either acute or chronic. Acute cases complain of sharp pain that jabs at them and radiates up and toward the spine. Consequently, It makes them stiff and …

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Musculoskeletal Illustrations

Years ago, I started creating my own illustrations. I wanted my manuals to display illustrations that struck a balance between simple and clear. After studying other illustrators’ work, I began to see the advantages and disadvantages of different styles (realistic, line drawings, photos, etc.). However, I also found that even very respected illustrators like Frank Netter …

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Sciatica, Degenerative Discs and Trigger Points

Many clients come to me with pain that their doctor has called “sciatica.” Sciatica originally referred to painful inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve emerges from the lower lumbar vertebrae and upper sacral segments (L4-S3) and innervates the majority of the gluteal region, posterior thigh, and the lower leg. “Sciatica” is now commonly used …

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