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Pain Along One Side of the Sacrum – Massage Therapy Notes

Release of the lumbosacral joint relieves this trigger point. Specifically, the sacrum is posterior on the side of pain. Gentle sustained anterior pressure with slight inferior traction will cause the sacrum to shift and the swelling and tenderness to release immediately. I’ve demonstrated this many times in classes to the surprise of students who struggle …

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Self Care – Pain Along One Side of the Sacrum

Avoid the teetering exercises listed in the post on this trigger point. This includes things like vacuuming, sweeping, raking, working on a low counter, or doing dishes. Also, avoid exercises where you bend forward like moving boxes or picking up grandkids. By the way, even if you don’t bend way over like this guy, the …

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Sharp Pain Between the Shoulder Blades – Massage Therapy Notes

The active trigger points in the small, deep interspinal muscles tend to produce sharp pain between the shoulder blades. This grabbing upper back pain is usually caused by binding in spinal joints. There are interspinous muscles, that connect a vertebra to other vertebrae. In this area, they are in several layers: Rotatores lie deepest in the …

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Self Care – Sharp Upper Back Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

Self-care for this type of sharp, upper back pain can be quick and easy relief for many people. If it is recurring or doesn’t seem to let go completely, see your bodyworker. Once you have this condition, it tends to be difficult to avoid involuntary movements that grab and aggravate it. You will find that …

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Self Care – Neck-ache Headache, Eye-ache

This headache, neck-ache, eye-ache comes from the top end of the splenius cervicis muscle that extends into the upper back. Relief starts with changing activities that over-stretch and weaken the muscle. Longer-lasting relief comes from some basic neck stretches. Long term changes come from a little bit of regular work to correct Forward-Head Posture. Texting …

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Self Care – Headache and Tender at Top of Neck when Turning Head

Avoid sleeping or reading or watching TV, etc. with your head on the arm of the couch. Also, avoid sleeping with a draft on your neck or with an awkward twist. If you’re traveling, us a pillow like the one below. Try using an Ice Pack. This problem often responds well to icing and stretching. …

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Self Care – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Avoid sleeping in awkward positions or, especially under a draft. Chill aggravates this pain at the base of the head and under the shoulder blade more than the awkward position. This muscle is often over-powered by short, strong muscles on the front of the neck. Specifically, the anterior scalene attaches to the front of the …

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Self Care – Pain, burning and tingling in the back of the head

Some people are concerned about getting a neck ache from washing their hair at the salon. It is more likely to create cervicogenic headache. The cold bowl on the crook of the neck can activate this trigger point to create pain, burning, and tingling in the back of the head. The sustained cold with bumping …

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Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

With this trigger point, people complain about tension and a focus pain and tension at the base of their head. When I press for more detail, they may tell me about the tension in their neck and under the shoulder. It is easy to feel the tender knot on the backside about halfway down the neck. …

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Splenius Cervicis – Functional Anatomy

Splenius Cervicis Anatomy: – This is a broad, flat muscle that wraps around the lateral neck. It anchors in the upper thoracic vertebrae and inserts on the upper cervical vertebrae. This makes it a “jack of all trades, master of none,” as it assists in extension, rotation, side-bending, and strapping things down. Origin – spinous …

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