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Therapist Notes – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid muscle is complex in its structure, function, and impact on regulation. In earlier editions of her manual, Travell refers to it as “Amazingly Complex.” Treatment starts with an understanding of the anatomy. Review the Anatomy. Forward-Head Posture. Habitual craning of the neck without exercise to counter the activity can lead to shortening of …

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Self Care – Sternocleidomastoid

The sternocleidomastoid is complex and produces a lot of different symptoms. This Self-Care post is used for several different posts about specific problems. Managing this muscle has a lot of great benefits from calming your anxiety to headaches around the brow, headache in the forehead or getting rid of a nagging cough. This looks so …

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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 – Calm Yourself In 3 minutes with Ice-and-Stretch

Polyvagal theory is complex, It proposes that vagus nerve function impacts our ability to stay calm and read people in a non-threatening way. It was developed by Steven Porges who has a number of videos about it on-line. Practically speaking, when I use techniques that focus on improving vagus nerve function people are less anxious. …

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Quick and easy hangover relief

Client’s Description Crapulence – Sickness caused by excessive drinking. 2. Excessive indulgence; intemperance. [From late Latin crāpulentus, very drunk, from Latin crāpula, intoxication, from Greek kraipalē.] crap′u·lent adj. People complain of headache, nausea, and misery that follow a night of excessive drinking. Unlike my other posts, people don’t come into my office complaining of this. This is usually …

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Headache in forehead from pressure or impact

This headache pattern is most commonly caused by sternocleidomastoid. If you have a headache above the eyebrow, check the post on that pattern as well. Client Description People touch their forehead just above the eyebrow and complain of headache there. They may also complain that they get a headache there when wearing a hat that presses into …

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Do You Find Trigger Point Illustrations Confusing?

Most books and sites on trigger points are usually focused on a the characteristics of a trigger point. They help you primarily understand its areas of referral, impaired functions, sensation, activities of onset, etc. If you’re a therapist that can be interesting for detailed assessment. Most people are overwhelmed by all that. I’d venture to …

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Headache in the Forehead

People touch a spot above their eye and say, “The headache is right here. This spot on my forehead hurts.” When both sides of the neck are involved, they rub their hand across their forehead and say that it hurts all the way across.  Clients usually don’t tell their massage therapist that their ears bother them …

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Headache Around The Brow

People come in and trace around their brow with their fingers and say, “I have a headache right here.” When I ask, they sometimes describe the pain behind the ear and might talk about the pain on top of their head. The trigger points in this muscle do more than create pain. They irritate your ears, …

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