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More than surviving.

Annie (her alias) is a Texan grandmother in her late 60s. She started working with me years ago. She has some real problems with degenerative discs in her neck. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve worked on her, literally, from head to toe. Last winter, she came to me with troubling news. They had found …

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Spot of pain behind shoulder

Client’s Description People complain of a spot of pain deep in the back of the shoulder. It often occurs after other shoulder pain, particularly after this trigger point, has been treated and released. It is a lingering pain that is hard to connect to an activity but often bothers them when I ask them to stretch  the …

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Pain along Shoulder Blade when Reaching Up or Back

Client’s Description People complain of pain along the inside of their shoulder-blade when reaching high above the head, to the back seat of the car or to adjust clothing behind the back.  They have usually adapted their movements to avoid taking that arm too far back. They will insert that arm first into a coat. …

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Pain Behind the Shoulder When Lifting Arm

Client’s Description When the trigger point is less advanced, people hold their arm out with the elbow away from their side,  reach around to touch the back of the shoulder behind the arm pit and say that it hurts there. If I ask if they can reproduce the pain, they cautiously rotate their hand back to …

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Unresolveable Tennis Elbow

Client’s Description People complain about tennis elbow that bothers them even though they’ve tried many different things around the elbow to get relief.  They usually don’t talk about the shoulder problem until asked. For tennis players, when asked, they will often reveal that the elbow pain is worse when serving as this muscle helps to lift …

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Shoulder Pain and Clicking While Grooming

Client’s Description People complain of pain in their shoulder when brushing their teeth, combing their hair, putting on make-up, shaving their face, etc. The pain is usually described as being achy and deep in the shoulder. Their primary complaint may also include pain while carrying something by their side like a suitcase or bucket. This trigger point usually doesn’t disturb …

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Shoulder pain when sleeping on your side

People complain of pain that disturbs their sleep when lying on the painful shoulder or on the opposite shoulder. It is a deeper pain than the illustration suggests. They have spent most of their time sleeping on that shoulder with that hand in front of them. It usually comes on gradually over months and eventually gets …

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Finding The Godfather of Organized Pain

When I was growing up, we lived on a farm with 6 kids. Pop’s brother, Gene, would say, “Y’all could tear up an anvil bare-footed.” Pop picked up that expression faster than a shiny dime. We would always hear it as he was fixing whatever mess that we just created. There were a lot of …

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