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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 in the Front of Shoulder When Lifting Arm

This typically comes in one of two postures: rounded shoulders with short tight pecs and shoulder blades that lay close to the back or high and tight shoulder with overstretched pecs and shoulder blades that wing out. Working on a low desk with a laptop can also lead to the hooked shoulders and a short, …

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

Mobilize the upper cervical vertebrae. Multifidi trigger points are strongly governed by vertebral mobility. Even though this trigger point is in the multifidi near C3, it is difficult to get a more complete release and lasting relief without first mobilizing the atlas and axis. This post has few different techniques for mobilizing the atlas. This …

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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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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 – Stiffness at the base of the neck

Suggestions for corrective actions focus on avoiding activities that twist the neck while it is chilled or pulled forward. People awake with this problem when the sleep with their head twisted, especially in a chill or draft. They may report aggravating it while picking up something with one hand while their head is twisted. This …

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Therapist Notes – Pain inside shoulder blade when slouching while seated

Pain between the shoulder blades is seldom rhomboids unless the client has trapped the rhomboid muscle against a hard surface or they have extremely imbalanced extrinsic back and extrinsic chest muscle. When the problem is postural, the shoulders and upper back are notably rounded or the upper back is very straight and shoulder blades are …

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Therapist Notes – Serratus Posterior Superior

Serratus posterior superior is strongly governed by the costovertebral joints of the upper thoracic spine. These fixations are almost always associated with locally displaced vertebrae, especially the shearing of C7 and the upper thoracics in Forward Head posture. Serratus posterior superior is involved in shoulder pain over 90% of the time and should be checked …

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

In today’s culture, this is almost always a problem with being chronically bent forward while working on paperwork or with a screen. One of my clients also got this from knitting while her family watched TV at night. This post offers a couple of different approaches to being seated without pain, one for the more …

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Self Care – Stiff, Swollen Hands in the Morning

This can come on gradually from habitual activities. Habitually sitting while leaned forward, especially with your hips pulled forward, can lead to changes in breathing patterns that use the front of the neck to lift the rib cage and develop strong, short scalenes. Competitive swimming and some musical instruments, like flute or violin, can also …

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