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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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Therapy Notes – Levator Scapula

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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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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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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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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