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Self Care – Cough less and cough with less pain

When you stop coughing, continue to practice social distancing. Act responsibly in protecting the health of yourself and others. Practically speaking, you can stimulate the skin in a waythat reduces the frequency and pain of coughing. This is based on a neurological principle discovered by English surgeon John Hilton. Loosely stated, hot, cold and pain …

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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. Even with minimal effort, a few stretches a day can offer notable relief and postural change. These stretches target more than pec …

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Therapy Notes – Serratus Anterior

This muscle is often overlooked and not treated until other muscles, which produce similar pain patterns, have been treated. These patterns include scalenes, rhomboids, erectors, pectorals, and multifidi. Serratus anterior can be hard to resolve when the shoulder girdle is chronically protracted by a weight problem. The chronically protracted shoulders act as a counter-balance to …

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Self-Care – Nagging Pain Inside The Bottom of the Shoulder Blade

This pain is more likely to be caused by a weak and overstretched muscle instead of a short-tight one. As much fun as it is to shop online, it is better for your back if you don’t lean into those elbows. Prolonged periods of leaning on your elbows, whether it is shopping, Zoom conference, finances, …

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Nagging Pain Inside The Bottom of the Shoulder Blade

People complain of nagging pain in the upper or mid-back, just inside the base of the shoulder blade. They have trouble determining what causes it or what to do for relief. They may also complain of sore ribs on that side, just under the armpit or fibrocystic breasts. They usually have a straighter upper back …

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Extrinsic Chest Muscles – Functional Anatomy

 Extrinsic chest muscles, as you can see, originate on the front of the axial skeleton and insert on the upper extremity. Generally speaking, they protract the scapula and draw the humerus toward the midline. This gets a little more complicated with the pectoralis major as the clavicular head as it allows us to flex the …

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Using Anatomy Illustrations to Assess Restrictions.

I have taken on a new project to teach anatomy for yoga. I am in the process of building an anatomy section for a quicker, practical understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology. I will be expanding my posts on the origin, insertion, function and trapped bones.  When I talk to yoga teachers, the illustrations seem …

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