sensory integration

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 – 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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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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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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Neck tension when wearing a heavy coat

People complain about pain in the upper neck that makes them irritable. The pain that extends down toward the shoulder is often described as tension. They describe things that aggravate it but seldom are able to describe the incident that created the injury. There are other trigger points that produce pain in that area, so I …

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Irritating Tags, Burning Shoulders

Client’s Description People complain about tension in their shoulders so I press on for more specific information. They only complain about burning in their shoulders if this is really aggravated. They will admit that tags in their shirts bother them. It is not likely that they came in for a massage because their tags are bothering them, …

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Improving Executive Functions and Multitasking

Many of my clients, both adults and school children, are interested in better Executive Functioning. Part of that is improving self-monitoring, impulse control and flexible thinking. They are looking for the ability to engage with others more appropriately. This produces better outcomes, especially when dealing with subtle social cues while multi-tasking. In the real world, …

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