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Self Care – Pain Between Shoulder Blades When Slouching

Change these activities: Change your seating. Get one that doesn’t make you want to slouch or has a softer back. Make sure that your computer screen is at eye level and your hips are slightly above your knees when you sit. This post has a couple of different approaches to seated posture that doesn’t pain …

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Self Care – Pain in the Upper Back, Index Finger and Thumb

Feeling some sensation into your torso and arm? Getting some sensation into the scalene referral areas while doing Stretches for Scalenes is a good sign. It doesn’t always happen but it indicates that the trigger points are activated by the stretch. It doesn’t happen as much when you use the ice, as ice inhibits that …

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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 – Seated Stretches for Stiff, Swollen Hands

This stretch routine is much faster and effective if it is done with the ice-and-stretch method. I’ve done this routine with a number of clients, first without ice and then with ice-and-stretch. They all remark that it is amazingly easier and more effective with ice. This simple set of stretches has 3 parts: 2 stretches …

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NMT Protocols – Scalenes Supine

Scalenes are a sensitive and, often, complicated treatment approach. There are a number of things that need to be done so that the treatment is effective, longer-lasting and more comfortable for the client. Here is a proven approach: Forward head posture and thoracic outlet syndrome are often predicated on a binding atlas. Most often, The …

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Functional Anatomy – Thoracic Outlet

This is a short video walking through the structures from posterior to anterior followed by a more detailed document of the same structures. This post on the anatomy of the scalene muscles is worth reviewing for its information about the frequency and types of anomalies in those muscles. This video uses the convention throughout the …

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Therapy Notes – Scalenes

Palpation Structural anomalies are common in the scalenes. Developed palpation skills are needed to reach the proper belly for assessment and treatment. Be aware that the lateral tip of the cervical transverse process is blunt and puts significant space between the attachments of the anterior scalene on anterior tubercle and the attachment of the scalenes …

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Self Care – Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

This can come on gradually from habitual activities. Habitually sitting while leaned forward, especially with your hips pulled forward, can lead to changes in breathing patterns that use the front of the neck to lift the rib cage and develop strong, short scalenes. Competitive swimming and some musical instruments, like flute or violin, can also …

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Pain in the upper back, index finger and thumb

People complain about pain just inside of the shoulder blade, and in the thumb, and index finger. It doesn’t always create pain in the hand; sometimes it is tingling like it is “falling asleep” or “going numb.” Sometimes, they have pain or tingling when reaching out with the hands near shoulder level as when driving, or …

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Scalene Muscles – Functional Anatomy

Scalenes are 3 (sometimes 4) muscles on either side of the neck. The 3 common bellies are name for their position; scalenus anterior, scalenus medius, scalenus posterior. The anomaly is called scalenus minimus.They are lateral cervical muscles that connect the cervical vertebrae to the upper thoracic cage. They are long muscles with fibers of uneven …

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