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Self Care – Sharp Pain in Front of Shoulder, Tight Low Back

Self Care for this trigger point problem in the latissimus dorsi can be very effective. Use gentle and steady with the stretches and avoid aggravating it by jerking the arm up and forward for quick relief. If this is persistent, see your bodyworker. Avoid things that overload this section of the latissimus dorsi by pulling …

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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

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 – Lower Trapezius – Massage and Bodywork

This post focuses on the therapeutic release of trigger points in the lower trapezius through massage and bodywork. It includes soft joint mobilizations, treatment sequencing, and classical neuromuscular protocols. It is separated from the other sections of the trapezius as it has a very different function. Also, because of its location and the difficulty of …

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Self Care – Neck Pain with Sore Shoulder

This post has quick relief and lasting relief strategies for the trigger point that creates pain in the upper neck and top of the shoulder. This is a tough trigger point to treat and requires persistent self-care. Often, people choose professional help to make underlying structural changes, hone self-care strategies, and stay focused. Pay attention …

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Self Care – Stiffness at the base of the neck

Self-Care for this pain stiff pain at the base of the neck can be quick and effective when the person is active and healthy. During the stretching, this person often gets a shifts in their neck. For the older or less-active person, this requires some relief strategies with more persistent stretching. If this is wincing …

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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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Self Care – Pain Between Shoulder Blades When Slouching

Change these activities: The rhomboid major and minor muscles refer pain between the shoulder blades while slouching. You can usually quick to get relief when the muscles are no longer chronically overstretched. So, changing your activities makes a big difference in getting results. Strengthening your back helps to make lasting changes that prevent the return …

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