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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

This trigger point pain pattern creates pain in the upper neck and tension when the muscle is compressed or stretched. You can get relief with some changes in your activity. As well, you can typically get lasting relief with a few simple exercises. An underlying chronic condition like fibromyalgia or structural problems in the upper …

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Self Care – Headache At Your Temple

This headache at the temple one of the most active trigger points among clients. There are so many ways to activate the headache at the temple with a stiff neck. It is more problematic because the trapezius is hard to avoid moving during the typical day. If the stiff neck or headache is persistent, see …

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Therapy Notes – Upper Trapezius

Great illustrations of the three section are in this post about the anatomy of trapezius. 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 five vertebrae will make the rest of this treatment more …

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Self Care – Burning and itching along the shoulder blade

This post has quick relief and lasting relief strategies for the trigger point that creates a burning and itching pain along the inside of your shoulder blade. People tend to be more focused on this trigger point because of the urge to rub and scratch in that area. If it lingers, they oftn seek topical …

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Therapy Notes – Lower Trapezius – Massage and Bodywork

This post focuses on the therapeutic release of trigger points in the lower trapezius through massage and bodywork. It includes soft joint mobilizations, treatment sequencing, and classical neuromuscular protocols. It is separated from the other sections of the trapezius as it has a very different function. Also, because of its location and the difficulty of …

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Self Care – Neck Pain with Sore Shoulder

This post has quick relief and lasting relief strategies for the trigger point that creates pain in the upper neck and top of the shoulder. This is a tough trigger point to treat and requires persistent self-care. Often, people choose professional help to make underlying structural changes, hone self-care strategies, and stay focused. Pay attention …

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Self Care – Stiffness up the side of the neck

Getting relief for this type of stiffness up the side of the neck is occasionally very quick and easy, especially when you are active and healthy. For most people, it is an occasional problem. In those cases, they can get a lot of relief with icing and stretching. With a few minutes of time and …

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