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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. They stretch the extrinsic chest muscles. Even with minimal effort, a few stretches a day can offer notable relief and postural change. …

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Therapy Notes – Serratus Anterior

The serratus anterior can be tricky to assess and treat through neuromuscular massage and bodywork. The muscle has a number of synergists that are easier to access. As well, it is a common problem in the prevalence of a sedentary lifestyle and the usage of laptops. Serratus anterior can be hard to resolve when the …

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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. Don’t spend prolonged periods of time leaning on your elbows. For example, shopping, Zoom …

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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 bottom 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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Serratus Anterior – Functional Anatomy

The anatomy of the serratus anterior muscle is complex. Strangely, it can both elevate and depress the scapula. It has statistically significant variations in the number of sections. Also, it is positioned underneath the other extrinsic pectoral muscles and not often shown in dissections. Quick Review of the Serratus Anterior The serratus anterior is a …

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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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