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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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Therapy Notes – Stiffness up the side of the neck

This trigger point comes from the levator scapula muscle which twists as it lifts the scapula. That twist is increased and increases pain along the length of the muscle as the neck is turned. The exact location of the trigger point varies with the tilt of the shoulder and such but is somewhere on or just above …

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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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Extrinsic Back Muscles- Functional Anatomy

Extrinsic Back Muscles Extrinsic back muscles connect the occiput, spine, and pelvis to the upper extremity. They elevate and depress the scapula but, mostly, retract the scapula. Click on the images below for more information about the anatomy and pain patterns of these muscles.        Wikipedia entry for muscle Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, …

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Functional Anatomy – Levator Scapula

Levator scapula is a ropy 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 in the muscle attachments at both ends. The upper portion …

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Stiffness up the side of the neck

People complain about pain while turning their 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. They also wince when lifting the shoulder with their arm beside them …

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