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Self Care – Sharp Pain in Front of Shoulder, Tight Low Back

Avoid things that overload this section of the latissimus dorsi by pulling it up and forward. Exercise is one of the most common activities to change, especially some sort of pull-down or pull-up that jerks or stains the muscle. a more fragile individual may get this from reach up to get assistance as they fall …

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Self Care – Aching mid-back with tired triceps

Avoid things that yank your elbow from front to back like cranking the lawnmower, raking, or letting that dog jerk the leash. This also gets aggravated by letting the rowing machine jerk forward during the exercise. One client activated by compressing the armpit against a chair back while twisted to talk to the person behind …

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Self Care – Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

Once the trigger point is activated, there are a number of known activities that keep it aggravated. A backpack, ill-fitted bra straps, a tight coat or shoulder bag will press into this area and are known irritants and create additional microtrauma. Using a cane that is badly fit is cited as a problem. I find …

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Self Care – Headache At Your Temple

This is one of the most active trigger points among clients because there are so many ways to activate the pattern and the trapezius is hard to avoid moving during the normal day. If the stiff neck or headache is persistent see your bodyworker for lasting relief. This problem can be hard to resolve when …

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Therapy Notes – Upper Trapezius

Anatomy Review? Start with cranial work around the jugular foramen. This includes mobilizing the atlas and releasing the suboccipital muscles. Continue with treating the cervical lamina groove. The mobilization of those first 5 vertebrae will make the rest of this treatment easier and more effective. Cross-fiber friction of the attachment of trapezius along the nuchal …

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Self Care – Burning and itching along the shoulder blade

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 reset every 20 minutes or so. I use my Fitbit to remind me. It should release with ice and stretch but sometimes, you need …

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Therapy Notes – Lower Trapezius

Mobilization of a dysfunctional atlas is key to balancing the cranium on the neck and normalizing the spinal accessory nerve. This routine has internal and external approaches to mobilizing the atlas. Start with cranial work around the jugular foramen. This includes mobilizing the atlas and releasing the suboccipital muscles. Continue with treating the lamina groove. …

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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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Self Care – Stiffness up the side of the neck

This usually involves tensing the shoulders while holding them unevenly. Avoid unevenly leaning the handrails while using a treadmill. Have your PT help you with changing how you use your cane. Get reading glasses with the proper focal length. Adjust your desk so that your shoulders are not hiked while you are working. Don’t hold …

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