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More than surviving.

Annie (her alias) is a Texan grandmother in her late 60s. She started working with me years ago. She has some real problems with degenerative discs in her neck. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve worked on her, literally, from head to toe. Last winter, she came to me with troubling news. They had found …

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Sore shoulder from strap or lifting overhead

Client’s Description People complain of a couple of different things. Active people complain of pain on the top of their shoulder when lifting their arm. When I ask them to lift their arm, it doesn’t really hurt until their elbow gets level with their shoulder and the tip of the shoulder begins to rotate upward. This is …

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Burning and itching along the shoulder blade

People complain of burning along the inside of their shoulder blade. This burning and itching along the shoulder blade will make you want to rub up against a doorway or get one of those massage canes to get at it. It is my experience that people are quick to notify a body therapist (like me) …

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Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

People complain about pain in the upper neck that makes them irritable. As they continue, they often describe that sensation that extends down toward the shoulder as tension instead of pain. At the same time, they describe things that aggravate it but seldom can describe the incident that created the injury. Other trigger points produce pain …

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Irritating Tags, Burning Shoulders

People complain about the tension between the shoulder blades. There are a lot of things that create tension here, so I press on for more specific information. It is not likely that they came in for a massage because their tags are bothering them, So I ask about the tags when they complain of shoulder tension. They …

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Upper Neck Pain with Sore Top of Shoulder

People often complain of pain in the upper neck with soreness on the top of the shoulder. Most often, they are focused on the pain in the upper neck than the top of their shoulder. Many patterns create pain and tension at the top of the neck. This referral pattern is not among the most …

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Connecting Sensory Integration and Trigger Points

In the mid-90s, I started working with an OT that specialized in Sensory Integration. She was one of the best. More than that, she ran seminars that brought the icons of Sensory Integration treatment into town. I was in a special place. I was teaching at The National Institute of Craniosacral Studies and laying the …

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Headache At Your Temple with Stiff Neck

People touch their temple and say, “I have a headache right here.” When I ask them for other things that are bothering them, they usually complain of a stiff neck. It is also common that they trace from the neck around the back of the ear to the temple. When asked about their eyes, the often …

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