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NMT Protocols – SITS Tendons

This neuromuscular massage 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. This post reviews the anatomy of and may be helpful before reviewing this protocol.

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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Rotator Cuff Muscles – Functional Anatomy

Rotator Cuff Muscles Rotator muscles tend to have anatomy that is more complicated than expected. Each muscle has its own structural quirks, which need to be considered in treatment. As a whole, they complete each other in the balancing act of securing the humeral head. It is complicated by unexpected attachments as well as play …

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Subscapularis – Functional Anatomy

Subscapularis The subscapularis muscle is thick with multiple bellies on the underside of the scapula. Its tendon is separated from the joint capsule by a bursa. It can be a key player in frozen shoulder and pitching restrictions. Origin: subscapular fossa Insertion: lesser tubercle of the humerus Function: stabilization of the humeral head, internal rotation of the …

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Pain Behind the Shoulder When Lifting Arm

Client’s Description When the trigger point is less advanced, people hold their arm out with the elbow away from their side,  reach around to touch the back of the shoulder behind the arm pit and say that it hurts there. If I ask if they can reproduce the pain, they cautiously rotate their hand back to …

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Finding The Godfather of Organized Pain

Integrative bodywork is more than ferreting out trigger points, balancing pelvises and smoothing out the tissues. It focuses on finding the governing problems and addressing them first. When I was growing up, we lived on a farm with 6 kids. My father’s brother, Gene, would say, “Y’all could tear up an anvil bare-footed.” Pop quoted …

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