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Self-Care – Mid Back Pain that May Stiffen the Low Back

Mid-back pain that extends extends upward, forward and stiffens the lower back requires some focused self-care. The trigger point for mid-back pain is easily aggravated when cycling. This is especially true when you bend over the handlebars with your head low. Consider changing up your cycling routine by using a recumbent for a while. OK. …

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Self-Care – Radiating Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

If this is acute and sharp, you will have to be very careful with remaining upright and avoiding bending and breathing deeply. Yeah, just get it fixed. This will be a little aggravation in most movements until you get this released. If this is chronic, it is easier to manage. When you are out on …

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Self Care – Aching mid-back with tired triceps

Avoid things that yank your elbow from front to back like cranking the lawnmower, raking, or letting that dog jerk the leash. This also gets aggravated by letting the rowing machine jerk forward during the exercise. One client activated by compressing the armpit against a chair back while twisted to talk to the person behind …

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Self Care – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Avoid sleeping in awkward positions or, especially under a draft. Chill aggravates this pain at the base of the head and under the shoulder blade more than the awkward position. This muscle is often over-powered by short, strong muscles on the front of the neck. Specifically, the anterior scalene attaches to the front of the …

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Therapist Notes – Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

Treatment of trigger points that create starts with atlas mobilizations. Once the upper cervical area is mobilized, trigger points in the suboccipital region release more easily and comfortably. Then, follow up with direct treatment along the lamina groove. It is worth noting that this complaint is usually two other patterns. Displacements in the upper cervical …

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Pain at the Base of the Head and Under Shoulder Blade

With this trigger point, people complain about tension and a focus pain and tension at the base of their head. When I press for more detail, they may tell me about the tension in their neck and under the shoulder. It is easy to feel the tender knot on the backside about halfway down the neck. …

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Therapy Notes – Levator Scapula

Successful neuromuscular therapy for the levator scapula is largely based on, first, resolving upper cervical problems. In most cases, it is a process of gently working the underlying joints loose from top to bottom. Afterward, the gentle release of the muscle with heat, ice, massage, and stretching requires patience and sensitivity to the client’s condition. …

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Massage Therapy Notes – Rhomboid Major and Minor

Pain between the shoulder blades is seldom rhomboids. At times, the client has trapped and arrgraveted the rhomboid muscles against a hard surface and they need direct calming. More often, they have extreme imbalances between the extrinsic back and extrinsic chest muscles. When the problem is postural, Imbalances are usually easy to see. The shoulders …

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Therapist Notes – Serratus Posterior Superior

Serratus posterior superior produces an ache under the shoulder blade that is easily confused with the referral patterns of other muscles. It is involved in shoulder pain more than 90% of the time. It is distinctive when it produces the associated elbow and lateral wrist pain. Serratus posterior superior acts as a 5th scalene muscle. …

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Self Care – Can’t Reach Pain Under the Shoulder Blade

Typically, people ignore this pain that can’t be reached under the shoulder blade until it becomes chronic. At that point, these trigger points are stubborn and require a little regular self-care for lasting changes. That almost always means some changes in activities. As well, stretching and exercises are needed to free the tight joints and …

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