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Self Care – Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

Once the trigger point is activated, there are a number of known activities that keep it aggravated. A backpack, ill-fitted bra straps, a tight coat or shoulder bag will press into this area and are known irritants and create additional microtrauma. Using a cane that is badly fit is cited as a problem. I find …

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Self Care – Headache At Your Temple

This is one of the most active trigger points among clients because there are so many ways to activate the pattern and the trapezius is hard to avoid moving during the normal day. If the stiff neck or headache is persistent see your bodyworker for lasting relief. This problem can be hard to resolve when …

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Therapy Notes – Upper Trapezius

Anatomy Review? Start with cranial work around the jugular foramen. This includes mobilizing the atlas and releasing the suboccipital muscles. Continue with treating the cervical lamina groove. The mobilization of those first 5 vertebrae will make the rest of this treatment easier and more effective. Cross-fiber friction of the attachment of trapezius along the nuchal …

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Self Care – Burning and itching along the shoulder blade

Move. I make sure that I get up and move periodically. Traditional therapy approaches suggest things like setting a timer across the room that you just get up to stop and reset every 20 minutes or so. I use my Fitbit to remind me. It should release with ice and stretch but sometimes, you need …

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NMT Protocols – Trapezius

This protocol treats trapezius in a supine position. The lower trapezius is more accessible than the supine position. This position also leaves the hood of the upper trapezius accessible for rolling between the fingers and thumb. Both techniques are not easily applied in the more common supine treatment of upper and middle trapezius.

Therapy Notes – Lower Trapezius

Mobilization of a dysfunctional atlas is key to balancing the cranium on the neck and normalizing the spinal accessory nerve. This routine has internal and external approaches to mobilizing the atlas. Start with cranial work around the jugular foramen. This includes mobilizing the atlas and releasing the suboccipital muscles. Continue with treating the lamina groove. …

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Self Care – Neck Pain with Sore Shoulder

Pay attention to when this aggravates you the most. If it is when seated for long periods there are several things you can do. Move. I make sure that I get up and move periodically. Traditional therapy approaches suggest things like setting a timer across the room that you just get up to stop and …

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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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Extrinsic Back Muscles- Functional Anatomy

Extrinsic Back Muscles Extrinsic back muscles connect the occiput, spine, and pelvis to the upper extremity. They elevate and depress the scapula but, mostly, retract the scapula. Click on the images below for more information about the anatomy and pain patterns of these muscles.        Wikipedia entry for muscle Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, …

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