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Self Care – Sharp Pain Across Top of Hips

This pain pattern indicates disc compression at the lumbosacral joint. If this pain is chronic or debilitating, seek professional help. Like this other pain pattern, spending lots of time with your hips flexed (i.e. extended forward or backward) will make this worse. Sleeping in a flexed position, sitting for long periods, driving, etc. Avoid activities …

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Self Care – Stiff and Slow When Rising From Seated Position

Client Description Use the arms of the chair to help push yourself out of the chair and keep your head back. As your head drops forward, you will find that your back feels more fragile and painful. Avoid sitting with your knees above your hips. Having your knees flexed at more than 90 degrees will …

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Stiff, Fragile, Aching Low Back: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

Stiffness in the low back can come from a number of larger muscles like spinal erectors, latissimus dorsi, and psoas. Fragility in the low back usually comes from a joint problem in the vertebrae. The two patterns play in concert to create a pain pattern that is a combination of the two. This post is …

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Pain Along One Side of the Low Back

People with this pain run their hand up and down along one side of their low back and say that it hurts there. They often say that they have pain along one side of the low back when they get up from sleep, after a drive or some other activity where the hip flexes for extended …

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Self Care – Back is out but it hurts in the front

Groin and abdominal pain can be an indicator of serious internal organ problems. See your doctor and be gentle with anything you do for self-care. Warm up and limit your range of motion in kicking. The back-end of the swing over-stretches this muscle and the forward reach tend to drive this into spasm. Avoid rhythmic …

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Therapist Notes – Iliopsoas Complex (Deep Abdominals)

Therapist are usually very opinionated about their approach to the iliopsoas complex. Its impact on posture, digestion, emotions, and much more is fodder for lengthy bodywork discussions. Even after 30 years, I’ve learned more by putting together these illustrations and posts. I find that craniostructural work is always the first step for lasting relief, followed …

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Tinnitus and Ear Pain: Pain Patterns, Causes, Self-Care

This is a collection of posts about trigger points that refer into and around the ear. Clients may associate tinnitus with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain but often fail to mention the feelings of fullness, pain, or irritation to the therapist. These posts cover a number of those symptoms. Remember that people usually feel only a …

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Earache with Jaw tension

People usually complain about earache and some jaw tension. Sometimes they complain about a roaring in the ear or some other form of tinnitus. At times, when the trigger point is most severe, there is sharp pain deep in the ear with a sickly ache in the jaw. Usually, clients don’t complain to their massage therapist about this kind …

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