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Self Care – Seated Posture

There are a number of posts where I discuss problems created by poor seated posture, so here’s a post about how to sit to avoid creating problems. In this post, I explore 2 different approaches to minimize the pain and discomfort of sitting at a desk. First, actively sitting in a balanced posture and secondly, …

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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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Therapist Notes – Infraspinatus

The infraspinatus muscle is a common problem in the shoulder and the most likely to generate pain when the client sleeps on their side. Its position in the shoulder is critical for stabilizing the head of the humerus from shifting forward. There are several other muscles that produce similar symptoms. Here are other muscles that …

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NMT Protocols – Posterior Scapula

This protocol focuses on the rotator cuff tendons, called the SITS tendons as an acronym for the four muscles, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis. It works well when it follows the treatment of the sub-occipitals, lamina groove and SITS tendons. These two muscles are the primary targets of treatment in this protocol.

NMT Protocols – SITS Tendons

This post reviews the anatomy of and may be helpful before reviewing this protocol. This protocol focuses on the rotator cuff tendons, called the SITS tendons as an acronym for the four muscles, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis. This protocol works well when it follows the treatment of the sub-occipitals and cervical lamina.

Self Care – Shoulder pain when sleeping on your side

Change your sleeping position: This position is a problem. Once the shoulder gets aggravated, sleeping on your side aggravates it at night. If the aggravated arm is on the bottom, the arm gets pushed forward in the socket. This activates the trigger point and it hurts. If it is the arm on top, draping it …

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Using the 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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Functional Anatomy – Deltoid

Deltoid   Deltoid is a triangular muscle that works closely with the rotator cuff muscles to lift the humeral shaft superiorly. It is also key in preventing dislocation of the humerus when lifting heavy loads. All bellies Origin – lateral third of the clavicle, acromion and spine fo the scapula Insertion – deltoid tuberosity of the …

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Teres Major – Functional Anatomy

Teres Major Teres major works closely with latissimus dorsi in adducting and extending the humerus. The lateral portion of latissimus dorsi usually twists around teres major and lives in the same fascial sheath. Latissimus, in a minority of times, also attaches to the inferior scapula. Origin – the posterior, inferior edge of the lateral border of the scapula …

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Rotator Cuff Muscles – Functional Anatomy

Rotator Cuff Muscles Origin – scapula Insertion – head of the humerus Function – Stabilize, rotate and adduct the humerus Related sections of the website:    Wikipedia entry for rotator cuff muscles. Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points and cranial therapies since …

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