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Stiff Neck: Pain Patterns, Causes, and Self-Care

These posts are all related to your painful, stiff neck. Most people refer to limited, painful rotation when they speak of a stiff neck. However, a small majority of people refer to difficulty in lateral movement (leaning from side to side). The majority of rotation (about 70%) happens in the joint between the first and …

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Cervical Lamina Supine – Neuromuscular Massage Protocol

This classical neuromuscular protocol treats the posterior neck, which has a complex muscular structure. Treatment of the cervical lamina is more effective when it follows the treatment of sub-occipital muscles. It can be amazing for loosening restricted vertebrae and preparing for work in the upper extremities or resolving cervicogenic headaches. If you’d like to review …

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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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Levator Scapula – Massage Therapy Notes

Successful neuromuscular therapy for the levator scapula is largely based on, first, resolving upper cervical problems. In most cases, it is a process of gently working the underlying joints loose from top to bottom. Afterward, the gentle release of the muscle with heat, ice, massage, and stretching requires patience and sensitivity to the client’s condition. …

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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 that 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 big differences over the 1st month that …

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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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Levator Scapula – Functional Anatomy

Overview of the Anatomy of Levator Scalupa. The Levator scapula is a ropy extrinsic back muscle that connects the scapula to the upper cervical vertebrae through the clavicle, manubrium, first rib, and lower cervical vertebrae. Levator scapula is stretched by Forward-Head Posture, elevating and protracting the scapula. Studies show that there are statistically significant variations …

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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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Stiffness up the side of the neck when turning

People complain about pain while turning the head and usually trace up and down the side of their neck while talking about it. They often complain about turning to look when they change lanes or tend to a child in the back seat. Most often, they have trouble turning it to the side that hurts …

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